The mission of Reach Out and Read Colorado is to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
Reach Out and Read Colorado is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation based in Denver, CO and one of 32 statewide coalitions affiliated with the Reach Out and Read National Center located in Boston, MA. The program builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers and helps families, especially those living in poverty, to cultivate early literacy skills so that their children enter school prepared to succeed at reading.
Reach Out and Read Colorado has an annual budget of over $1 million. Although a small non-profit with ten staff members, Reach Out and Read Colorado’s program connects to virtually every county in the state, assisted by regional coordinators in regional offices.
In 2018 Reach Out and Read Colorado served 125,000 children, distributed 230,000 books and, as of 12/31/18, had 327 participating program sites around the State.
The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the work of Reach Out and Read Colorado reporting directly to the Chair of the Board and functions in accordance with the directions set by the Board of Directors.