Colorado State Library Early Literacy Initiatives

The Colorado State Library (CSL) is a unit of the Colorado Department of Education serving all libraries in Colorado. Along with a variety of initiatives, CSL offers early literacy support from the office of Literacy and Youth Services.

Colorado has a vision for the education of our youth, and libraries are perfectly positioned to carry this out. We support the education and wellbeing of children, teens and families by coordinating statewide initiatives for early literacy, summer learning, outdoor experiences, and other campaigns.

We host statewide conversations, form partnerships, and offer resources and training based on research and collaboration so Colorado library professionals can maximize their early literacy service with confidence and pride.


Early Literacy Initiatives & Services

The Play, Learn, & Grow video presents natural interactions between adults and children to pair curiosity with joy. Four segments feature:
  • Babies are Brain Builders
  • Read & Grow with Me
  • Move & Learn with Me
  • Explore & Play with Me

Early literacy librarians share ideas for understanding early development, and how everyday items around the house can inspire fun and learning.

About Growing Readers Together (GRT)

Growing Readers Together is a specific initiative focusing on early literacy and support for Family, Friend, and Neighbor childcare.

Grant opportunities and early literacy services are funded by the Buell Foundation and the Colorado Department of Human Resources Preschool Development Grant, and are provided at no cost to Colorado libraries.

Colorado Early Literacy Framework 2020-2025

This Early Literacy Framework for Colorado public libraries is intended to point to the next level of early iteracy in public libraries for 2020 through 2025. The Colorado State Library recognizes that libraries prioritize their funds, staff, and resources based on their local needs and goals even as they have varied resources, funding, and staff for early literacy.

Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries

SPELL was an IMLS funded project involving several Colorado libraries that concluded in 2016. The SPELL project’s focus was to determine best ways to support parents and caregivers in their early literacy efforts through libraries. The effort uncovered many insights which led to recommendations for best practices.

Colorado State Parks Pass for Libraries

This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Libraries across the state are offering two “Check Out State Parks” passes, each for distribution with an activity backpack containing binoculars, brochures and other educational materials to library patrons.

Colorado Statewide Summer Learning Program

 Colorado is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program and the Colorado State Library offers resources to help you make your summer reading program a success!