Denver

Play and Learn Groups with LENA® Feedback

Ready to Read is an innovative program designed to increase early literacy skills among low-income children from birth to age three in Denver. Play and Learn Groups (PLGs) are structured play groups for young children and their caregiver(s) led by a trained facilitator. The Language Environment Analysis system (LENA®) is an audio-recording device that children wear for 10 to 16 hours to record the home literacy environment.

Ready to Read: Cradling Literacy

Ready to Read is an innovative program designed to increase early literacy skills among low-income children from birth to 3 years old in Denver. The Ready to Read study was selected by Mile High United Way to build the evidence base of a promising literacy program, Cradling Literacy (CL). CL is a training curriculum designed to increase teachers’ knowledge and skills related to early childhood development, literacy and learning, and family engagement.

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Mile High United Way: The Bridge Project

The Bridge Project provides a comprehensive early literacy intervention targeting students in K-3rd grade, with the goal of achieving reading at grade level by the end of third grade. The Bridge Project offers participants the opportunity to experience many facets of literacy and allows them to take an active role in their learning through a combination of three direct literacy programs:

  • Small group instruction (Read Well)
  • One-to-one tutoring
  • The provision of books to students (GR8 Readers)

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Mile High United Way: Reading Partners Colorado

Reading Partners recruits, trains, and places community volunteers into high-need schools to provide tutoring for students who are one month to two-and-a-half years behind grade level in reading and speak conversational English. Trained volunteers follow a research-based curriculum tailored to each child's needs. Reading Partners Coordinators also provide ongoing training, observations, coaching, and progress monitoring to students and community volunteers, ensuring that students are meeting their individual literacy goals.

The evaluation found that:

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