The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has launched a new campaign that advocates for the importance of reading to children at home. According to the CDE, 37% of children arrive at kindergarten without the skills necessary for lifelong learning. Together, we can change that.
Mat Aubuchon, Director of Elementary and Early Childhood Education in Westminster Public Schools says that study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact and bond with parents and read early themselves. Research also tells us that reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic to others.
“In a traditional school year, we work with reading on a daily basis,” said Aubuchon. “We have over 120 minutes of literacy instruction and reading on a daily basis across all of our elementary schools. Our Early Childhood Education programs partner with Imagination Library to bring books in the home of students aged 3 months to 5 years old.”
The new CDE website, ReadWithMe.Today provides reading tips and parent resources -- easy-to-use apps, activities, and downloads that are available in English and Spanish.