Growing Readers Together is a grant-funded project that works through twenty-two public library systems across the state to enhance the early literacy experiences of children under six. By partnering with other early childhood organizations and through programming and outreach efforts, public libraries seek to identify, serve and develop connection with informal, legally exempt child care providers, often known as “FFN” care for Family, Friend and Neighbor care. Libraries can also use grant funds to enhance their physical space to better meet the needs of young children and their caregivers, and are required to use at least 20% of their funds on books and other early literacy-promoting materials to be given directly to the care providers to keep and use at home.

Primary Role of Program in Early Childhood Systems:

Direct Service

Service Area(s):

Adams, Arapahoe, Chaffee, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Kit Carson, Lake, La Plata, Las Animas, Logan, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Park, Rio Grande, Yuma

Population(s) Served:

Prenatal, Newborn, Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Kindergartners

Outcome-Based Activities The Program/Initiative Provides:

Family Support & Education

Services and supports promote the well-being and resiliency of parents and caregivers
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Learning & Development

Education, coaching and ongoing training exist for caregivers, teachers and other professionals
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Learning & Development

All children are ready for school and achieving by 3rd grade regardless of ability, race, place, income, language and culture
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Program evaluates effectiveness of activities and services:


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Organization Details:
Colorado State Library

Colorado Department of Education
201 E. Colfax Ave., Room 309
Denver, Colorado 80203

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ECLC Framework Matrix: Outcomes > access, quality and equity