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Growing Readers Together

Colorado State Libraries Early Learning and Literacy

Growing Readers Together is a Colorado State Library Initiative Supporting Libraries Engaging Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Caregivers in Early Literacy

Why Focus on FFN Childcare Providers?

In Colorado, a significant number of children aged 5 or younger (between 40% – 60%) are cared for by family members, friends, or neighbors (FFN) while their parents are at work. Yet, due to the personal nature of these arrangements, few FFN are included in the state's efforts to increase the quality of childcare. However, studies of Colorado's FFN providers indicate they have a high level of interest in learning more about caring for children and helping prepare them to enter school.

Why Libraries?

Colorado's 261 public libraries exist in nearly every corner of the state and are well-utilized, especially by families with young children. In 2019, over 23 million children's items circulated through Colorado's libraries, and over 82,000 children's programs were attended by more than 2.1 million of our youngest residents. As a trusted community resource with expertise in early literacy, Colorado's public libraries are a natural choice to support our state's FFN childcare providers.

GRT participants 2021


Participating Libraries 2021

Del Norte Public Library

East Morgan County Library District

Grand County Public Library District

Gunnison County Library District

Limon Memorial Library

Loveland Public Library

Mancos Public Library

Montrose Regional Library District

Northern Chaffee County Library District (Buena Vista)

Pine River Library (Bayfield)

Rangeview Library District (Anythink)

South Routt County Library District (Oak Creek)

Southern Chaffee County Regional Library District/Salida

Wilkerson Public Library (Telluride)

Participating Libraries 2016-2020

Alamosa Public Library

Aurora Public Library

Burlington Public Library

Canon City Public Library

Combined Community Library (Ordway)

Conejos County Library District

Cortez Public Library

Fort Morgan Public Library

Garfield County Public Library District

John C. Fremont Library District (Florence)

Ignacio Community Library District

La Junta/Woodruff Memorial Library

La Veta Public Library

Lake County Public Library (Leadville)

Lamar Public Library

Lincoln County Bookmobile

Park County Public Library

Pikes Peak Library District (El Paso County, CO Springs)

Pines & Plains Libraries (Elbert County)

Pueblo City-County Library District

Security Public Library

Spanish Peaks Library (Walsenburg)

Sterling Public Library

Trinidad Carnegie Public Library

West Custer County Library District (Westcliffe)

Westminster Public Library

Wray Public Library

Yuma Public Library

Growing Readers Together

The Growing Readers Together Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to identifying, connecting, and serve Family, Friends, and Neighbor caregivers in your community. It offers planning worksheets, outreach and marketing support, and early literacy kits and programming ideas.

quick bites

Growing Readers Together Quick Bites are a series of 20 minute webinars covering topics about early learning and serving Family, Friend, and Neighbor caregivers. The full archive and a calendar of upcoming Quickbites can be found on the CSL Libraries Learn website.

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