More About Motheread/Fatheread Colorado

More About Motheread/Fatheread Colorado

Motheread/Fatheread Colorado's unique, highly effective and accessible curricula and formats enable parents, childcare providers and other adults-no matter what their reading level-to share books with children.  Motheread starts with the heart and works from there.

Colorado Humanities' statewide early childhood and family literacy program, Motheread/Fatheread Colorado...

  • Improves children's school-readiness and ongoing success in school.
  • Addresses the important issues of literacy and family connectedness.
  • Provides three-day and one-day training institutes that teach educators to go beyond basic literacy instruction to foster family-based interaction around books and ideas.
  • Provides Motheread books, which are specially selected by national Motheread experts for their high-quality, beautiful illustrations, interest to parents and children, and developmentally age-appropriate content.
  • Builds the capacity of those who work to prepare children for success in school, and creates sustainable community assets for literacy education.
  • Particularly benefits low-income, single-parent families, often English-learning, where parents and children have limited opportunities for reading and learning together.
  • Enables parents who read poorly or cannot read at all to share the Motheread books with their children after just a few classes.
  • Teaches parenting and learning concepts and reading strategies that build comprehension and vocabulary.
  • Increases the ability of parents, volunteers and caregivers to communicate with children effectively as teachers and role models.
  • Is aligned with Colorado Department of Education State CASAS competencies.
  • Includes three curricula: Motheread for educators who work with parents, Teacheread for educators who work with teacher aides and childcare providers, and Story Exploring for educators and other adults who teach young children.
  • Provides Motheread books from a list of more than 80 titles of children's literature.
  • Colorado Humanities, the state affiliate of the national nonprofit literacy organization Motheread, Inc., is the only organization in Colorado permitted to provide the Motheread curricula, book list and training institutes; our program partners are the only organizations eligible to hold Motheread/Fatheread classes.
  • Works with education evaluation experts from Denver's OMNI Institute to help accurately document and assess information about the program's outcome and impact.
  • Motheread/Fatheread and Teacheread training can earn educators 2.0 continuing education credits, and Story Exploring training is endorsed by Qualistar.