Great news! We are pleased to announce that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Colorado State Library a grant for $247,619 entitled Putting SPELL (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries) into Action. This 2-year project will build upon our prior IMLS-funded research examining how libraries and other early childhood service agencies can empower low-income parents of children birth through three to embed early literacy activities in their daily lives.
Through the project, State Library staff will train eight teams from public libraries and early literacy organization partners on the SPELL findings and recommendations developed from our previous research grant. With mentoring from project staff, the teams in rural, suburban and urban areas around the state will then develop and test local prototype programs to deliver early literacy messaging to low-income parents, resulting in approximately 500 young children directly benefiting from the project. After a rigorous evaluation of the prototypes, project staff and partners will disseminate these research-based models to libraries and early literacy organizations nationwide to further early literacy goals throughout Colorado and the country.
Please follow this website to track the project's progress over the next 2 years.