Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, Colorado Education Commissioner Dr. Katy Anthes, and Colorado Department of Human Services Executive Director Reggie Bicha will travel to various communities across Colorado to build excitement about reading and to spread the message that early literacy efforts are crucial in the classroom and at home.
Colorado Early Literacy tour is a joint effort of Serve Colorado, Colorado State Libraries, Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Department of Agriculture, One Book 4 Colorado and a variety of corporate and community partnerships.
Modeled after several state and city literacy initiatives, One Book 4 Colorado is a pre-school version of a community book club. The public selects a pre-school book through an online voting process and a special edition of the book is printed for 75,000 four-year-olds across the state. Special readings, events and author visits are held in conjunction with the mass giveaway each April. Visit www.onebook4colorado.org for updates on One Book 4 Colorado 2016.
Held in conjunction with the Cesar Chavez Day of Service and throughout the month of April, Serve Colorado, in partnership with Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC), coordinates a massive statewide book drive, collecting thousands of books for children in need. The books are then sorted and distributed to schools, churches and community organizations that serve underprivileged children, ensuring they have the chance to develop a love of reading.
Colorado Reads: the Early Literacy Initiative is a statewide joint effort to ensure all Colorado children read at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Though Colorado is well known for having a family friendly atmosphere and being a great place to raise children, we are doing our kids a disservice when it comes to ensuring our children can read. The 2011 Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) test scores showed that 26% of third graders tested below grade level expectations in reading. Colorado Reads: the Early Literacy Initiative is not a single program or department’s efforts to improve statewide reading scores; it is a comprehensive, multi-faceted state, county, community, school and business collaboration of efforts to tackle this issue on every level. Serve Colorado coordinates the community based efforts of Colorado Reads.