Early Literacy


Colorado State Library Youth and Family Services

The Colorado State Library offers information and resources to support early literacy efforts.

Growing Reader’s Together

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.

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Growing Readers Together Quick BitesGRT Quick Bites are 20-minute micro-learning opportunities designed for busy children’s librarians across Colorado who are interested in accessing a bit of fresh early learning information and inspiration.


Success Cycle


Growing Readers Together: Success Model SeriesDownload this worksheet to use with each of the Success Model webinars.





Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries–is a project funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL)

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy is passionately committed to strengthening children’s literacy through library services and community advocacy.


A collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood.

One Book 4 Colorado

One Book 4 Colorado, started in 2012, gives away over 75,000 copies of the same book to each 4-year-old in the state in English and Spanish through public libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

An initiative to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.

Parents in Public Libraries: Moving from parent involvement to parent engagement and empowerment

Parents come to our libraries every day for our collections, programs and services. They bring their children to the library, participate in programs specifically geared for parents like early literacy classes, and sometimes are involved in other ways like volunteering.

How can we take this important involvement to a new level to increase parent buy-in of library services, actively seek parent input into children’s and parenting services, and empower parents to be more actively involved in their children’s reading and education?

Even better, how can we encourage them to promote the library to other parents? Watch this archive to find out!