One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office, Colorado State Library, Denver Preschool Program, the Colorado Office of Early Childhood, public libraries, the private sector, and the foundation and nonprofit communities. It is modeled after the successful Preschool One Book, One Denver program which was originated by the Denver Preschool Program and presented by Denver Public Library, Arts and Venues Denver, and Reach Out and Read Colorado. Both programs are premised on the idea that providing young children with access to quality books promotes early literacy and helps families serve as their children’s first and most important teachers.
Office of Lt. Governor Donna Lynne
Lt. Governor Donna Lynne’s early literacy focus stems from her efforts to ensure every Colorado child is reading on grade level by the end of third grade. One Book 4 Colorado is part of Serve Colorado and Colorado Reads: The Early Literacy Initiative, the state’s plan to help ensure every child in Colorado learns to read. The plan and more information about the Lt. Governor’s initiatives can be found on her website.
Colorado State Library
The Colorado State Library, a division of the Colorado Department of Education, provides leadership and expertise in developing library-related policies, activities, and services for school, public, academic, and special libraries. Through an advisory board, Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy and public libraries, the State Library promotes early literacy to parents, children, and child care providers throughout Colorado. Please visit the website to learn more.
Denver Preschool Program
The Denver Preschool Program is the result of a voter approved initiative to provide tuition credits for parents and quality improvement resources to preschools. The Denver Preschool Program is open and voluntary for all Denver children the year before they are eligible for kindergarten. A Denver family may use the tuition credit with any preschool provider who is licensed by the state and enrolled with the Denver Preschool Program, regardless of where that preschool is located. The program’s website offers more information.
Colorado’s Public Libraries
Public libraries throughout Colorado provide a wide range of free services to their communities. With 252 library locations across the state, there’s bound to be a location near you. Visit your public library often to use a computer with internet access; borrow books, CDs, audiobooks, DVDs, state park passes, and more; attend fun programs; meet people from your community; enjoy learning, no matter what your age; and much more. Well over half of Coloradoans have a library card; you can get one too, for free! Visit this directory to find a library near you.
Private Sector and Foundation Community
Many generous supporters made One Book 4 Colorado possible. The project partners are grateful for their assistance. See the sponsors page for a complete list of supporters.