03-22-2011 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #42


Title
Independent Evaluation Services for Even Start Program

Discussion

The Even Start Program integrates early childhood, adult literacy parenting education, interactive parent and child literacy activities into a single, unified family literacy program.  Even Start is implemented in collaboration with community programs in cooperation with the district Student-Parent Programs at Cocoa, Eau Gallie, Palm Bay and Titusville high schools.  A copy of the board approved Even Start Grant (7/20/10  F-17) is available in the Office of Early Childhood Education in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction.

In accordance with Even Start legislation, an independent evaluator must be hired to conduct a program evaluation.  The service time will be devoted to evaluation development and validation, on-site participation observation, on-site and raw data collection and analysis, as well as project staff meetings, evaluation instrument development and report development.

The cost of the evaluation is $15,000 for 20 days or 160 hours of service.  Compensation is inclusive of all expenses for services provided.



Recommendation
Approve Optimal Performance, Inc. to perform a grant required independent evaluation of the Brevard County Even Start Program at a cost of  $15,000 for 20 days or 160 hours of services.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 3/22/2011
Consent after Information4/26/2011

Authority for Action
P.L. 107-110 (NCLB) and P.L. 106-554 (LIFT)

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Operating - Grant

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
1115,000yes42200814110406300312000

Contact
Dr. Sally Shinn, Resource Teacher for Even Start 264-3099
Teresa Wright, Director of Early Childhood and Title I x340


Attachment:  Bigbie Consultant Agreement.pdf
Attachment:  Bigbie Vida.pdf