Early Literacy

ECPAC staff leading is effort: Sharon Pendergast: or 303-428-2984.

ECPAC partners know when children enter kindergarten behind, they are likely to stay behind.  Research shows that children who enter kindergarten with strong early literacy skills are more likely to be successful in school.  Research also shows that children living in low-income families have a 30 million word gap by the age of 3 compared to their more affluent peers.  Elementary students in Adams County have significantly lower reading scores that the Colorado average year after year.

The Kindergarten Readiness Action Team is dedicated to help ensure children enter kindergarten with strong early literacy skills.  The Team monitors kindergarten literacy data to guide community-based strategies intended to improve early literacy skills development for young children in Adams County.  These strategies include:

  1. Increasing the availability of parenting classes based on best practices for early literacy.
    1. Families – for resources and information – please visit our Family Roadmap: or click on the Roadmap picture in the top right hand corner of the website.
  2. Increasing the ability of Early Care and Education providers to offer literacy rich environments through professional development in best practices.
  3. Increasing the public awareness of the importance of supporting early literacy skills in young children.
  4. Collecting and donating books to young children and youth by participating in the annual EPIC Book Drive (April-May)
  5. Working with the Adams County Youth Initiatives on K-3 literacy efforts through the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Early Literacy Resources: