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CDE Encourages Parents to Make Reading Essential

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.Early Reading Program

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.

A few tips from the ReadWithMe.Today website includes:

  • Let them be your special helper, in charge of turning the page and following along with their finger.
  • Look at family photos and ask them what they see: family members, important events, cultural traditions, etc.
  • Point out new objects and practice spelling during car rides.