SB20-185 (Bridges & Tate/Tipper & Wilson) The Colorado Imagination Library Program

Originally Posted: March 6, 2020
Last Updated: March 6, 2020

Summary

This bill would require the State Librarian to contract with a nonprofit organization to create and maintain the Colorado Imagination Library Program. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a non-profit that provides books in the mail for free to children under the age of 5. The contractor would be responsible for creating and operating the program, including establishing county affiliate programs in all counties; managing daily operations; and developing, promoting, and coordinating a public awareness campaign.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports the bill. A child’s early years play a pivotal role in their literacy development. Literacy skills learned before third grade, and especially in the years before a child is even school-age, often predict literacy in later years. Children who struggle with literacy in kindergarten through third grade are unlikely to catch up to their peers, and the proficiency gap widens as students grow older. Access to printed reading materials is a key component in ensuring literacy among young children.

Current Status

Passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.