Early literacy encompasses the skills that children begin developing at birth that prepare them to read and write. Children first develop language and motor skills before entering school that prepare them for success. The current research on literacy and school readiness indicates that a wide range of skills, including executive function and early math play an important part in a child’s school readiness. Early literacy continues to develop in the early elementary years as children progress from learning to read to reading to learn.

Libraries support children and families through the materials, programs, and activities we provide. Knowledgeable staff and intentional programming ensures that all children have access to quality early learning experiences.

Early Literacy Framework for Colorado Libraries

This framework for public libraries from the Colorado State Library is intended to point to the next level of early literacy in Colorado public libraries for 2020 through 2025.

Early Literacy Calendar

Looking for new ways to engage young ones and get excited about Early Literacy? This printable calendar from the Colorado State Library and Growing Readers Together has new activities for every day of the year!

Colorado Day by Day Calendar (pdf)

Colorado día a día calendario (pdf)

Order copies of Colorado Day by Day Calendar or Colorado día a día calendario (available only to libraries within the state of Colorado)