The Summer 2016 issue of the Reach Out and Read Colorado print newsletter was a very special edition. Instead of sharing stories, smiles and successes, we chose to deliver perspectives from a cross-section of Reach Out and Read Colorado community members on Nicholas Kristof’s article Too Small to Fail, featured in the New York Times on June 2, 2016.
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Perspective: James Cryan, Founder and CEO, Rocky Mountain Prep Charter Schools
In his article Too Small to Fail, Nicholas Kristoff strongly makes the case for investing in America’s neediest kids with universal early childhood programs. As the founder and CEO of Rocky Mountain Prep (RMP), one of Denver’s top performing networks of elementary schools where we proudly provide pre-kindergarten programs and as the board treasurer for Reach Out and Read Colorado, I am privileged to see first-hand the impact that high-quality early childhood programs have on children and their families.
When I walk into the colorful classrooms of our three and four-year-olds, I see bright smiles, inquisitive minds and hear some of the funniest questions! Having a loving, fun and literacy-rich environment helps our youngest scholars take off at RMP.
Even at the age of three, we see a significant oral language and vocabulary gap with some of our scholars. Research-based programs like Reach Out and Read Colorado, where pediatricians across Colorado provide needy children with a free book and a prescription for literacy, should be scaled. We have a vision to ensure that every low-income child in Colorado has access to the Reach Out and Read program and we need your help in accomplishing this. By doing so, we’ll help ensure that every child is able to begin their schooling ready to succeed.
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The Summer 2016 Print Newsletter is a must read! If it missed your mailbox, you can read the digital version or make sure to sign up to receive our print collateral in the mail HERE!
The Print Edition features perspectives from: