Through a second generous grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, the Colorado State Library (CSL) is partnering with 15 public libraries in eastern Colorado to undertake Growing Readers Together, a pilot project designed to support Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) childcare providers in early literacy.
By combining caregivers’ desire to learn with librarians’ expertise in early literacy, Growing Readers Together will improve access to early literacy-focused resources and training in local communities. Specifically, Growing Readers Together will:
- FFN caregivers in eastern Colorado will have the skills, confidence, and resources to engage children in their care with early literacy materials and activities daily.
- Public library staff in eastern Colorado will have strategies to connect FFN caregivers in their area with early literacy services.
- CSL will develop state-level infrastructure for early literacy support to FFN caregivers and the children in their care.
- Children under six in southeast Colorado will be exposed to language and literacy-rich experiences in informal childcare settings and at the library.
The 15 participating public libraries are located in these communities: