A coalition of 242 national and state-based organizations have joined together to urge Members of Congress to preserve federal funding for Even Start, a family literacy program that serves low-income families with young children. Over the last several years, Even Start’s funding has been cut by more than 75 percent, and President Obama’s proposed 2010 budget eliminates the program altogether. However, the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations legislation released Friday provides level funding for the critical program.