Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute

A nonprofit organization

Raising A Reader Empowers and Inspires Families to Read Together Every Day

What We Do

Our multiple book programs provide support, resources, and high-quality books – all in the families' home language – to children ages 0-5 and their parents. Our tow-generation parent outreach programs support kindergarten readiness and children and families' social and emotional health and well-being. These evidence-based programs are built on the foundational understanding that a child's brain is 90% developed by age five. 

To find out more about our programs go to www.rar4kids.org

Who We Serve

Book Programs--40 Preschools and Kindergartens=1338 children

Two-Generation Outreach Programs--10 Public Libraries +1 Firehouse=178 children and their families

Two-Generation Outreach Summer Camps--4 Communities=120 children and their families


"We enjoy the new books each week. I like that there are many cultures and places in the world represented in your books. The books that you provide are ones that we wouldn't necessarily check out at the library, so we are exposed to new idea, language, and world views."

"We love the program. It has expanded our reading horizons and helped us spend more quality time together. We believe it has increased Oliver's enthusiasm for reading."


Our mission is to foster early literacy bonds between children and their parents to ensure that all young children from Aspen to Parachute develop a love of books and the skills to become successful readers.

Raising A Reader programs improve reading readiness and early school success by providing books and encouraging an abundance of reading and positive verbal interaction among children and their parents. Parent-child bonds connected to learning help children develop the oral language skills, curiosity, secure attachment and cognitive capacity for academic and life success.

Background Statement

Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute was founded in 2004 to help eliminate the achievement gap that develops in the first five years of life when children do not hear enough language and/or have inadequate access to storybooks and read-aloud time with a parent or caregiver. In numerous local schools from Aspen to Parachute, fifty percent of children enter kindergarten lacking the basic oral language skills necessary for reading and school success.

Our programming supports more than 1400 children and their families with either a weekly set of books on loan or new books to build at-home libraries and resources for their parents and their teachers to build the all-important bonds while reading at home together.

Organization Data


Organization name

Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute

other names

Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute, Roaring Fork Valley Early Learning Fund

Year Established


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Organization Size

Medium Organization


817 Colorado Avenue #205
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601


PO Box 2533
Glenwood Springs, CO 81602

Service areas

Garfield County, CO, US





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