Colorado Reading Corps is a nationally replicated model that utilizes AmeriCorps Members, trained in early intervention literacy strategies, to provide one-on-one tutoring to kindergarten
through third-grade students who are not reading at grade level.
United Way of Larimer County launched Colorado Reading Corps in Thompson School District in August 2014. Upon completion of the first year of the program in Larimer County, results indicated
that 422 students were served, 57.3% of them showing academic progress. In its second year, 738 students were served, 65.6% of which showed academic progress. During the most current
academic year (2016-2017), results indicated that 807 students were served, with 70.1% showing academic progress.
In 2018, Colorado Youth for a Change has stepped in and taken control of the program while United Way of Larimer County is still funding its
efforts. With United Way sponsoring the program, it allows funding for 15 tutors in Thompson School District elementary schools and two tutors in Estes Park School District. These tutors are
able to work one-on-one with 15-20 students per day to improve the child's literacy. As a part of this critical program, nearly 800 students are served per year
with more 70 percent showing academic progress.