An Even Start in Newport 

1 York Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Gianna Carroll – Director (401) 236-1281

An Even Start in Newport, which has been in operation in Newport since 1996, is an intensive family literacy program that addresses the basic educational needs of families on Aquidneck Island and beyond. Potential students may enroll in the program at 17 years old, as long as they have been authorized to leave the public school system. Even Start has served more than 500 students since its inception and has had 63 GED graduates.

An Even Start is located at the Florence Gray Center- in the city of Newport’s North End, within walking distance of Newport Heights and the Newport Housing Authority.

The program provides adult education classes for participants to improve their literacy, while also assisting parents to take an active role in promoting the healthy development of their children. To meet these objectives, the program offers four components and instruction which include: Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Education Development (GED) classes, English as Second Language (ESL) classes, workplace literacy classes, parenting workshops and early childhood education. In addition to academic subjects, all students are taught computer skills and employment readiness skills. The components of Even Start are:

1) Adult Education: Adults must take classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Education Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL).

2) Parenting Education/Life Skills: Every adult must take part in Parent Time/Life Skills activities each week. Topics that are covered include ages and stages of child development, text connections, opportunities for further education and training, Nutrition, behavior management of children, preparation for parent – teacher conferences, basic budgeting, etc.

3) Interactive Literacy: Each family must work together on literacy activities for at least three hours, at home, during Interactive Literacy each week.

4) We are offering Northstar Digital Literacy classes which define basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in ten main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, Microsoft Word, Social Media, Microsoft Excel, Information Literacy and Microsoft PowerPoint. When individuals pass the assessments they can obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. This provides a credential for employment. There is no cost to complete the online assessments.