One of the best ways to ensure your child’s success in reading is to encourage them to read early on. Parents who read to their children from the time they are babies and help their children explore reading for themselves before they ever get to school are a key component in early literacy skills that will stay with the child throughout their lives. Then, once they get to school, children’s reading ability is shaped greatly by what they learn in the primary grades. “Colorado’s economic prosperity and cultural vitality are directly dependent on our ability to ensure that every child receives a top-notch education. That’s why a broad coalition of parents, educators, early childhood advocates, business and community leaders, are spearheading the Early Literacy Initiative to make sure that every child in Colorado is a successful reader by the end of third grade,” writes Lt. Governor Joe Garcia. You can read the report of the Colorado Reads Early Literacy Initiative on the Lt. Governor’s website. While there, you can also connect to information on the Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission. Set up by Governor Ritter in 2010, this Commission looks at early childhood education as a whole.