Mission

All children deserve to experience both the joy of reading and the skills in life that literacy provides. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy is passionately committed to strengthening children’s literacy through library services and community advocacy.

 

History

In January 2008, staff from more than a dozen Colorado public libraries and the Colorado State Library collaborated to develop a comprehensive approach to deliver and support early literacy services statewide. Fiscal agency support has been provided by CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium) since 2011.

 

Our Organization

Membership in CLEL is open to anyone involved with children, libraries, or early childhood education who supports our mission statement. Our activities are directed by a Steering Committee appointed from the general membership. The Steering Committee oversees five standing sub-committees:

  • Advocacy and Training

  • Communications

  • Conference

  • Grants & Fundraising and Membership

  • Steering

 

CLEL members may serve on any of the standing committees. Please feel free to view

our bylaws and meeting minutes

Goals

  • Educate and train library staff in providing early literacy storytimes for children and caregivers.

  • Increase awareness of the importance of early literacy to all communities.

  • Cooperate with other state and national agencies involved with early literacy.

  • Promote the role of libraries in providing early literacy experiences.

The Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) collaborates with organizations around the world to provide Early Literacy information and resources for librarians, children, and their caregivers. These collaborations are based solely on the benefit provided to children and the thoughts and opinions of these organizations do not necessarily reflect those of CLEL.

Our Donors

Many libraries around the state support CLEL monetarily to promote and champion our goals.

CLEL Supporters

Up to $250

  • Eagle Valley Library District

  • Las Animas - Bent County Library

  • Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library

  • San Miguel Public Library District 2 - Norwood Library

  • Security Public Library

  • Vail Public Library

CLEL Sustainers

$251-$500

 

  • Arapahoe Library District

  • Poudre River Library District

  • Rangeview Library District

 

CLEL Champions

$501-$1000

 

  • Boulder Public Library

  • Douglas County Libraries

  • High Plains Library District

CLEL gratefully acknowledges the continuing support of CLiC and the Colorado State Library.

 

  • Colorado State Library

  • Colorado Library Consortium

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