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Colorado READ Act

The READ Act

The Colorado Reading To Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act) was passed by the Colorado Legislature during the 2012 legislative session. The READ Act repeals the Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA) as of July 1, 2013, keeping many of the elements of CBLA such as a focus on K-3 literacy, assessment, and individual plans for students reading below grade level. The READ Act differs from CBLA by focusing on students identified as having a significant reading deficiency, delineating requirements for parent communication, and providing funding to support intervention. Other components of the Colorado READ Act include a competitive Early Literacy Grant and a resource bank of assessments, instructional programming, and professional development.

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Submit Your Application for the Early Literacy Grant Program
(posted on October 19, 2018)

The Early Literacy Grant Program assists local education providers in embedding the essential components of reading instruction into all elements of the K-3 teaching structures in all awarded schools, including universal, targeted and intensive instructional interventions, to assist all students in achieving reading competency.

Approximately $1.2 million is available for the Early Literacy Grant Program for the 2018-2019 school year. This reflects year 1 of implementation; for the remaining years in the grant cycle up to 3.1 million is available per year. An application training webinar will be held Friday, November 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM. Please register for this technical assistance via Eventbrite here.

If interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please submit the Letter of Intent at by Friday, November 9, 2018. Applications are due December 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

For more information and to access the application materials please visit the link below. 


Apply for Inclusion as an Early Literacy Grant Implementation Consultant
(posted October 18, 2018)

The Colorado READ Act provides specific grant funding to Colorado Schools to support comprehensive literacy implementation for grades K-3.  A portion of the funding awarded to each school must be allocated to select and utilize an Implementation Consultant to support their efforts throughout the duration of the Early Literacy Grant.

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit Implementation Consultants to be reviewed to meet the criteria for inclusion on the Early Literacy Grant Implementation Consultants list, pursuant to C.R.S. 22-7-1211. This is not a competitive process. Any provider which submits an application during this timeframe of solicitation and meets the criteria specified within this RFI may be considered for inclusion on the provider list. All ELG Consultant providers currently approved will need to reapply to remain on the CDE provider list.

If interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please submit the Intent Form via by Friday, November 9, 2018. Applications are due November 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

For more information and to access the application materials please visit the link below.

For More Information, Contact: 
Alex Frazier
Office of Literacy
Phone: 303-866-6016


READ Plan Working Group
(updated September 21, 2018)

This spring, a bill was passed to convene a working group to study the creation and use of READ plans.  The working group was formed under the direction of the Commissioner and will work through early 2019. The working group is comprised of educators, parents, principals, district leaders, and literacy experts and will be selected to represent districts from across the state.  Learn more about this group here..


Information for Parents

Learn more about the Colorado READ Act including how to support reading at home and how to talk to your child's teacher about their reading progress. Discover resources to support early literacy and help your child read at grade level by the end of third grade.

2018 READ Conference

The Office of Literacy along with the Exceptional Student Services Unit at CDE will be hosting the fourth annual READing Conference on Thursday and Friday, September 27 and 28, 2018. To access the conference program, session description and handouts for the session go to our READ Conference Webpage.




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