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Clovis Adult School

1452 David E. Cook Way
Clovis, CA 93611
Tel. (559) 327-2800
Fax. (559) 327-2889

The purpose of Clovis Adult Education is to offer lifelong educational opportunities and services which address the unique needs of our diverse community by providing the means to become productive community members and workers, effective family members and lifelong learners.

Even Start, the Family Literacy Connection

Even Start is a national, grant funded, total family literacy program based on four components:

  1. early childhood education;
  2. adult education,
  3. parent and child time together (PACT); and
  4. weekly three hour Parent Education classes.

As such, we provide the very best quality services to the low income and English as a Second Language (ESL) children and adults enrolled in the program.

We work to build a strong understanding of the connection between a parent's attitude toward literacy and education and the attitude and achievement of the child. By providing English language instruction and parenting support, parents learn skills and strategies to improve their own educational level and nurture and support the general health and physical, emotional, social, and academic development of their children with special emphasis on literacy and the educational achievement of their children.

Our local Even Start program is recognized both statewide and nationally as an exemplary program and has been designated a "Mentor Site" by the California Department of Education. Program directors and site coordinators from across the nation have visited or requested guidance in structuring their local programs patterned after our Clovis model.

Our teachers and instructional aids are certified or credentialed and have been well trained in early childhood development. We currently serve over 100 families in the Clovis Unified School District with support and intervention services extending to the elementary age students within these families. Our preschool students are assessed on entering and exiting the program using a modified version of the CUSD kindergarten readiness test and the Even Start Desired Results profile. The results have shown tremendous growth in all areas of each child's development and readiness to enter kindergarten or advance within the program with confidence and competence.

Both parents and their children have benefited from what this program has to offer. Due to our partnership with Clovis Adult Education, our parents have been able to complete and receive high school diplomas and GED's. Computer training has provided job opportunities. Several of our parents have set goals of attending college.

Through the parent education component parents learn the importance of their job as their child's first teacher. They learn how to address parenting concerns related to discipline, health and other needs. They learn how to become more involved in their child's education.

Even Start provides an important service and critical support for the Clovis Unified School District and surrounding community. More importantly we provide a network of support services whereby our parents and children are able to accomplish goals they never before thought possible. Of that, we are proud.

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