Back to school time is one of joy, new beginnings, and reflection. Our team celebrated the start of the school year (picture on the left), while also being fully aware of the post-pandemic learning loss that we hope to continue closing the gap on during this coming school year. Research highlighted in a spring ‘23 Chalkbeat article found that “COVID learning loss is driven more by school and community factors than household ones.”

This has fueled much of UWLC’s commitment to supporting programs to aid in closing the learning loss gap, not just from COVID but from the summer break as well. These programs include:

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, also known as the Imagination Library, which provides free, age appropriate books for children ages 0 to 5. Each child receives 60 age-appropriate books over the course of five years.

Colorado Reading Corps, which provides one-on-one literacy interventions for kindergarten through third graders in all three local school districts (Poudre Valley, Thompson, and Estes Park).

Stay tuned for more information about how UWLC continues to work with the three Larimer County school districts to create and support programming.

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