Since 1996, the National Title I Distinguished School Program has honored schools across the country for their innovation in helping Title I populations achieve high educational standards. Selected from each state by members of the National Title I Association, these schools represent examples of superior Title I programs in on of two categories:
- Exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years or
- Closing the achievement gap between student groups.
The Wyoming Even Start Family Literacy Programs are federally funded projects designed to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of Wyoming's low-income families. Using existing community resources, this unified family literacy program integrates early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, and parenting education.
Even Start utilizes the family literacy model in intergenerational learning focused on the family. Even Start recognizes the parent as the child's first teacher and the literacy of the parent is crucial to the literacy development of the child. The Wyoming Even Start Projects all contain these four components:
- Early childhood and/or school-age educational assistance
- Adult basic skills education
- Parents and children learning together
- Parent time: parent support and education
The Even Start Program is administered by the Wyoming Community College Commission.