Motheread/Fatheread Colorado trains facilitators to work with groups of parents of infants through early elementary school in a series of sessions proven to raise children’s Language Scores* and help them to discover the vital link between literature and life.
The curriculum uses children’s books and adult poems and narratives to teach literacy-promoting skills to adults. Each lesson in the 29-lesson curriculum includes a variety of ways to develop parents and children’s literacy skills.
Participating parents, no matter what their reading level, read aloud more actively and frequently, promoting home reading behaviors that improve children’s school success. Enjoying reading together and talking about the issues in the stories and their lives results in better communications, reasoning abilities, critical thinking and decision-making skills. The children’s literature that parents learn to share was chosen for its expression of social-emotional themes, cultural diversity, and beautiful illustrations. Parents report that children exhibit more interest in rhyme, interaction with books and awareness of words in their environment.
Colorado Humanities provides training, curricula, books, coaching, and may be able to partner with you to raise funds for implementation at your site. Trained facilitators receive certification, 2.0 CEUs from North Carolina State University and a curriculum that includes strategies for working with English Language Learners and materials in English and Spanish.
*Children whose parents participated the program showed higher rates of growth on Teaching Strategies Gold Language Domain
Research Study Results
Research Results Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal Article and Corporation for National and Community Service Posts Brief!
The peer-reviewed journal Early Education and Development published “Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial of the Motheread/Fatheread Early Literacy Intervention: Evidence of Impact in a Rural Community, Early Education and Development” by Holen K. Hirsh, Melissa K. Richmond, Fred C. Pampel, Shelby S. Jones, Anthony C. Molieri & Josephine Jones (2018). For access visit the link or contact us for a copy.
The Corporation for National and Community Service has posted a Research Brief sharing the results of the Colorado Humanities Motheread/Fatheread Study conducted in Morgan County in 2013-2017. This study found a statistically significant change in parental behavior surrounding literacy practices and in their preschool children’s rate of growth as measured by the Teaching Strategies Gold score in the language domain. To read the brief, visit the study.
I think this is a great program and an excellent tool these moms are taking home. They were very participative and practiced their vocabulary, writing skills and descriptive language. It was really good. — Facilitator Iliana Renter, Raising A Reader, after her first session.
A Motheread/Fatheread Institute (a $675/person value) and Story Exploring (a $325/person value) training are free to educators, thanks to generous sponsorship. Our important supporters enable us to pay tuition and travel costs for educators to attend the institutes and provide starter sets of Motheread books to implementing agencies. We partner with local agencies to host institutes and trainings around the state.
“I recently attended Motheread+Teacheread and Story Exploring training institutes in Denver, and the experience was challenging, interactive and life changing for me. The institutes revolutionized how I think about early literacy and the value of parent/child interaction toward school-readiness — a total paradigm shift that reinforces the idea that, by reading children’s literature to their kids, parents become more equipped to help them learn to read for themselves.”
“As a result of Motheread/Fatheread Colorado, our approach to story time is more cohesive, comprehensive and strategic.”
“I’m much more confident about weaving early literacy into my story times, and better able to help parents understand that talking, singing, reading, writing and playing with their children is creating an early literacy environment.”
If you are a childcare provider or early childhood educator interested in future training, please send Program Coordinator Karen Murphy a message.
The unique, highly effective and accessible Motheread+Teacheread and Story Exploring curricula help adults — no matter what their reading level — share books with children and have fun while they do!
Contact us to find out about our next Motheread/Fatheread 3-day institute for professionals or volunteers who work with parents of children from birth to eight years old, or to find a Motheread/Fatheread Colorado class for parents, email Louise Bensen or call 303.894.7951 x12.
Sara is from Ethiopia and has lived in Colorado for eight years. In Ethiopia, she graduated from college with a degree in secretarial science and office management, and then worked for eight years as a secretary. However, because of cultural obstacles and language barriers, her success in Ethiopia didn’t transfer easily to Colorado. The mother of young children, she decided to attend a family literacy program, and took part in a Motheread class there. The program helped her become proficient in English, and to read better in English to her children. She attributes Motheread/Fatheread Colorado with providing her the skills and confidence to guide her children toward better school preparedness and continued success in school, and also to move forward in her personal and professional life. Sara recently graduated with an AA in professional office skills. After joining our staff, she opened her own business serving traditional Ethiopian foods in Denver!
She wrote the following brief story of her experience with Motheread/Fatheread Colorado:
My name is Sara.
I am from Ethiopia and the mom of four boys. We live in Colorado, now.
A couple of years ago, I attended a families learning together program at a Denver elementary school, and took Motheread classes. This program taught me how to tell stories and make reading time fun while teaching my children (and me) letters and sounds, new words, and new ideas. I read to my children as I was taught in the program. As a result, now, all my children are doing well in school, and reading together as a family is part of our daily routine.
Motheread was a perfect fit for me as I’m a mother of young boys. They were ages 1, 3, 5, and 7 when I was in the class.
After attending Motheread, I gained confidence and contacts to help me get a job. My first job in the U.S. was in an Early Learning Center in Denver. There I assisted with the children, and was able to use my new reading skills with the children. It was fun, but I wanted to go on and work in an office situation, which I had done in Ethiopia. I was still having fun reading with my own children.
So the next year, I went to school full time and obtained a Certificate in Professional Office Skills to add to my college degree from Ethiopia. Now, I work at Colorado Humanities as the Motheread/Fatheread Colorado program assistant. I am so very glad to help bring Motheread/Fatheread Colorado to others. I know it will help them, as it has helped me and my family.
I have many new responsibilities as the program assistant, but my schedule is flexible so I can still attend my children’s school functions. I get to learn new skills every day and work with a variety of great people. As my skills develop my life has gotten better; I bought a used car and have a little time to do special things with my children.
Motheread/Fatheread Colorado has benefitted me and my family in ways I can’t fully described. My boys are now all good students and leaders at their school. My oldest has received a scholarship from The Challenge Foundation. As a result, he now attends Kent Denver School, and after can attend any college he chooses. This is an amazing opportunity for him, and a good experience for all of us. My younger boys say, “I’m going to be like him and do really good in school.”
As you can see, Motheread/Fatheread Colorado has been an important and direct influence on our lives.
My story is not unusual, I am just at a place where I can tell it.