Background And Goals

Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute was founded in 2004 to address concerns that one-third of children in Colorado and locally reach kindergarten without the basic language and early literacy preparation necessary to begin the learn-to-read process. Additionally, one-third of children reach third grade – a milestone year – without proficient reading skills. 

Raising A Reader’s Goals

  • Assure reading success by building the language and literacy skills of children during their first seven years of life.
  • Engage parents in the literacy development of their preschool-age children through read-aloud time, songs, games and lots of conversation at home (newborn to age five).
  • Engage parents in the reading development of their children during the K-1st  years.
  • Increase library usage among families of preschool-age children.
  • Ensure that families have an abundant supply of books.

Raising a Reader Impact

  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • Healthy Brain Development
  • Love of Books and Language
  • Reading Success –  Early Primary School Years
  • Family Engagement
  • Strong Links to Libraries

“Although many experiences are said to contribute to early literacy, no other single activity is regarded as important as the shared book experience between caregivers and children.”

Dr. Susan Neuman, Asst. U.S. Secretary of Education, Spring 2001