At Stand for Children, we are champions of early literacy, knowing that reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade is a critical milestone for future student success. Colorado’s statewide literacy policy, Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act, reflects the importance of early literacy outcomes by requiring evidence-based reading instruction and targeting funding to the students who need the most support.
Over the past two weeks, we’ve hosted conversations with key stakeholders of this policy- parents and teachers. With parents, we discussed the details of the policy, how the READ Act impacts their student, and shared a tool to support parents in having conversations about literacy with their teachers. Teachers shared their experiences in implementing key components of the READ ACt in their schools and learned ways to get involved this legislative session.
This legislative session, Stand is committed to protecting funding for the READ Act and we are eager to continue to engage parents and teachers in conversations about how to best implement the policy to improve literacy outcomes for students across Colorado.