Welcome! This site provides information about the FLAIR data entry system as well as other valuable information and links for Illinois Even Start programs.

FLAIR Community/Listserv
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FLAIR11 Data Entry System
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Guide to Reading Updated Summary Reports

Interpreting FLAIR FY10 Data

Illinois Consolidated Even Start Performance Report FY09



Selected Power Point Presentations from the
September 28-29, 2010 Statewide Administrators Meeting
at ISBE in Spingfield.
      Revisiting the PPVT-III & Helpful Hints (Powerpoint)
      Translating Research to Practice Early Childhood
         Literacy Resources

As discussed at the September Administrators meeting, E-Learning Courses at evenstartnetwork.net

  • Even Start 101: Local Program Director Training
  • Interactive Reading for Toddlers and Preschoolers
  • Literacy Development Among Adult English Learners

Family Literacy Provider Group Meetings

  • Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 9:30am-12:30pm
    Location:  The Adult Learning Resource Center, Arlington Heights, IL (map)
  • Date: Friday, May 13, 2011, 9:30am-12:30pm
    Location:  The Adult Learning Resource Center, Arlington Heights, IL (map)

Information and Resources about Reading Instruction
(* requires Power Point viewer)

Overview of Scientifically-based Reading Instruction for Adults and Children, Kathy Barclay*

Early Childhood

Implementing Reading Research in Pre-K Programs, Kathy Barclay*

Language and Early Reading Program, Carol Vukelich (A presentation at a state coordinators meeting.)

Check out all the resources available on the Illinois State Board of Education, Early Childhood Division Home Page!  http://www.isbe.state.il.us/earlychi/Default.htm


STudents Achievement in Reading http://www.startoolkit.org/

STAR is a federal initiative to help Adult Basic Education (ABE) instructors use evidence-based reading instruction in the classroom.  The STAR website has a "Reading Resource" section has lists of materials and other websites that outline the promising practices for teaching reading to adult students. 

Some links related to teaching adults using evidence-based reading instruction include:

A Summary of Scientifically Based Reading Research Principles for Teaching Adults (2005)
http://www.nifl.gov/ publications/pdf/teach_adults. pdf

Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults:  First Steps for Teachers (2005)
http://www.nifl.gov/ publications/pdf/ applyingresearch.pdf

Assessment Strategies and Adult Reading Profiles



FY11 Illinois Even Start Programs Numbered Map (Excluding Chicago)

FY11 Chicago Community Areas Even Start Programs Numbered Map

Key to FY11 Illinois County and Chicago Community Area Maps



If you have resources or information to share and want it posted on the FLAIR Webboard, please send it to Lynn Osheff, losheff@cntrmail.org .

Doing What Works
The U.S. Department of Education's  Doing What Works  (DWW) website contains many resources for professional development to improve early childhood education through research-based practices in early literacy. The site also has a section on adolescent literacy practices that can be applied to teen parents.
Go to  http://dww.ed.gov , scroll down to “Literacy” and  click  on
· Preschool Language and Literacy  or
· Adolescent Literacy

Washington Learning Systems
On the Go are free reproducible language and early literacy activities developed by Angela Notari-Syverson, Ph.D.

These materials include 14 activities designed to be used outside the home: in the car, while walking, during bus rides, etc. The activities encourage parents to interact with their young children while they are "On the Go" to facilitate language, positive parent-child interactions, and early language and literacy development from birth through preschool. They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically. The development of these materials was supported by Grant H324M020084 from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The materials are also available in Spanish.

To download these free materials go to www.walearning.com and click on the purple button that says "Free Parent Education Handouts" on the home page. Look for the "On the Go" files to download the materials in PDF format.

Children’s Home Society of California
The CHS Family Education Program has created materials to assist parents and other caregivers.
• A series of brochures about the common concerns of physical well-being, emotional well-being, and parenting strategies with topics such as Positive Discipline, Separation, and When a Child Bites, is available free of charge in English, Khmer, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
• An activity book reaches out to children ages 5 to 12 by educating them on a variety of important subjects, including bullying, character, exercise, health, nutrition, and safety. Children learn while having fun by completing activities, such as a crossword puzzle, maze, connect-the-dots, and word search. The books are available in English and Spanish.
• The character growth chart not only measures the height of a growing child, but also encourages children to build character as they read about qualities such as gratitude, responsibility, generosity, and patience.
• A development stages wheel, available in English and Spanish, identifies crucial stages in children’s development and the appropriate activities to support and stimulate growth.

For an out-of-state ordering form, visit the CHS Family Education Program web page at http://www.chs-ca.org/fep.html.

Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, Human Resources and Skill Development, Canada
Family Math is a free resource of family numeracy activities funded by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, Human Resources and Skill Development Canada.  This new manual includes things to do in the kitchen and on walks.  There are rhymes, games and things to make, all that promote math thinking and learning through everyday activities.  To download a copy, go to:  http://www.nald.ca/library/learning/familymath/familymath.pdf .



Introduction to Even Start (PowerPoint presentation)
The “Introduction to Even Start” PowerPoint presentation can be used as an overview of Even Start when orienting new staff or partners, marketing to potential partners, or doing outreach to various agencies, groups and institutions in your community.

FY10 Overview of Illinois Even Start Family Literacy (Word document)

National and IL Even Start Data Summary (PowerPoint presentation) The PowerPoint presentation, “National and IL Even Start Data Summary,” was shared at the September 28-29, 2010 Statewide Administrators Meeting. Programs are encouraged to take this presentation and add their local data to the national and Illinois data. Programs can use their presentation that includes national, state and local project data for marketing and advocacy purposes.

Illinois Even Start Works: FY10 Program Outcomes (Word document)

National Center for Family Literacy Advocacy for Family Literacy

ASCD Action Center
Although the ASCD is an association for K-12, ASCD has an Action Center, with advocacy resources for all educators.
The Action Center has an interactive "Advocate's Toolkit" which provides information about the lawmakers and media in your community.  In addition, there is a downloadable ASCD Advocacy Guide (27 pages) that gives direction for being an educational advocate.  This guide offers advice in making your advocacy work effective and efficient so that your voice is heard.  You will find that the materials can be adapted for Even Start, early childhood, and adult education.

National Council of State Directors of Adult Education

Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) Federal Legislative Information


ISBE, Early Childhood Division, EVEN START
Even Start Family Literacy

ISBE Early Childhood Professional Development Center

Illinois STAR NET Regional Offices

Illinois Community College Board Adult Education Service Center Network:

National Center for Family Literacy http://www.famlit.org/

Goodling Institute http://www.ed.psu.edu/goodlinginstitute/

LINCS Family Literacy Special Collection (National Institute for Literacy Service) http://literacy.kent.edu/Midwest/FamilyLit