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 About Us

Reading Success Starts With Early Preparation: Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute provides direct service programs that foster the fundamental language development and early literacy skills necessary as a critical precursor to the learn-to-read process. Research shows that early literacy skills such as a well-developed vocabulary, phonemic awareness and alphabet knowledge at entry into kindergarten are strongly correlated with reading success in high school and the likelihood of college attendance.

Weekly Book Bags: Each week, 2,300 children along the 80-mile corridor from Parachute to Aspen bring home four age-appropriate books in bright red canvas book bags. Books are kept for a week, returned and replaced with four more. The program is provided to children in 105 classrooms from early preschool through first grade.  A special outreach program reaches families whose children are not enrolled in a formal childcare or preschool program, through weekly meetings at 6 neighborhood locations. 

Guidance for Parents: Our Family Literacy Event program provides guidance to parents on techniques to build early literacy and early reading skills through everyday book-sharing interactions at home. During the past school year, 48 parent engagement events attracted more than 1,200 participants. 

It Works: Raising A Reader children in kindergarten scored ten percentage points higher than non Raising A Reader children on assessments by Garfield County School District RE-2 that measure the child’s preparation for reading success. 

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