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Family Literacy Programs Offered


frances owensFamily Literacy Program:

This MSU Denver Foundation Initiative has been serving the communities of Denver since 1994, through comprehensive educational services to families.  From home visits with prenatal parents to community center-based classes housed in Denver Public Schools, the program provides opportunities for low-income, multi-generational families with limited literacy to begin to shape an educational foundation.

Reaching parents during those early childhood years is critical for literacy development.  The FLP builds parental knowledge, teaches language and ways to increase its usage, and encourages a supportive home environment that promotes academic success. 

Participants are encouraged to enroll in more than one program component:

            Parents as Teachers - Home Visit Program

            Adult Education – English as a Second Language and Parenting

            Early Family Literacy – Preschool Program

            General Education Development – Preparation Classes in Spanish


Family Literacy Program Components

Parents as Teachers:

The Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program provides educational and developmental tools to families with prenatal to kindergarten aged children through home visits. PAT’s federally approved curriculum fundamentally recognizes parents as a child’s first teacher.  The shared evidence-based activities support and educate parents using strategies to help young children grow up healthy, safe, and ready to learn.

PAT accomplishes this through bimonthly education sessions in the home, increasing parental knowledge of developmental milestones and age-appropriate growth.  Participants are invited to attend monthly “Group Connection” meetings to engage in communal learning, share experiences and build support among families.

Adult Education:

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English as a Second Language (ESL) Instruction and Parenting classes gives families the opportunity to access formal education through an intensive multi-day weekly program.  The life and work skills standards-based curriculum and assessments are sanctioned by the Colorado Department of Education and the program integrates technology to provide adults with necessary 21st century skills.   Authentic application of learned principles and a commitment to the linguistically diverse is the hallmark of FLP Adult Education.

Parenting coursework encourages families to be academic partners in educational achievement.  Through routine parent observations in the elementary classroom and activities that support learning in the home, parents can identify goals and work toward familial success.  FLP works with school district departments and community organizations to offer workshops for participating families that promote literacy and strengthen communities.

Early Family Literacy :

The Early Family Literacy (EFL) Program provides quality play-based, licensed, Qualistar and CLASS-rated preschool for children ages one to kindergarten-entry, while their parents attend adult education classes.  EFL supports parents by teaching them to nurture developmental and academic growth for school readiness. 

Parents participate in weekly “Parent and Child Together” time in the EFL classroom to learn strategies to promote social, emotional and cognitive development and parent-teacher conferences are conducted throughout the school year.

Children are assessed daily, using the Teaching Strategies GOLD system, which monitors ten development areas (Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, Arts, and English language Acquisition) through 38 distinct objectives.  EFL works closely with the Denver Early Childhood Council and aligns instruction and assessment to Common Core Standards. 

GED Preparation in Spanish:

Ofrecemos las clases de preparacion para obtener el Diploma de GED del nuevo test 2014, las clases son gratis impartidas.

Horario de classes:
Martes y Jueves de 6:00 -8:00 de la tarde


Location Information:

Main Office

Quigg Newton Community Center

4440 Navajo St.

Denver, CO 80211



Center Locations: 

Adams 12 - Thornton                                     

McElwain Elementary School

1020 Dawson Dr.

Denver, CO 80229

(720) 972-5500


STEM Launch

9450 N. Pecos St.

Thornton, CO 80260


Adams 14 - Commerce City

Rose Hill Elementary School

6900 E. 58th Ave.

Commerce City, CO 80022

ALC: (303) 853-3333

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For more information:

For more information please contact the Metropolitan State University of Denver Office of Development - 303.556.8424


Program Contact Person:

Dr. Adriann Wycoff, Director

Phone: 303.556.2142


Quigg Newton Community Center:

Phone:  303.458.8063
Fax:  303.455.6646

Physical Address:

4440 Navajo Street
Denver, CO 80211

Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Family Literacy Program
Campus Box 41
PO Box 173362
Denver CO 80217-3362


The Family Literacy Program is an initiative of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver.