04-27-2010 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #34


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 and 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 (7/14/09- F26) 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, onsite participation observation, on site and raw data collection and analysis, as well as project staff meetings, evaluative instrument development and report development.

The cost of the evaluation  is $15,000 for 20 days or 160 hours of services. 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 - 4/27/2010
Consent after Information5/11/2010

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
10015,000yes42200814100406300312000

Contact

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




Attachment:  Service Agreement-Optimal Performance-Bigbie.pdf
Attachment:  Cindy Bigbie_Consultant Agreement.pdf