Family Literacy

The Boulder Family Literacy Program is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of low-income families by helping parents actively support their children's education through participation in programs such as Adult Education including English as a Second Language and GED, Parent Education, Family Management, and intergenerational activities at their child's school.


Missy (Alice) Cowan

Program Coordinator


Goals and Components of the Family Literacy Program

The goals of the Family Literacy Program are:

  • Prepare preschool children for elementary school
  • Enhance the home learning environment
  • Increase the language and literacy skills of the parent
  • Improve the literacy and math achievement of school-age students

Components of Family Literacy:

The Boulder Valley Family Literacy program follows the National Center for Family Literacy and Even Start Program models. The following components make up the program:

  • Parent education consisting of ESL, GED and Computer Literacy
  • Early childhood education for children 2years-5 years following the Creative Curriculum
  • Homework Support and Tutoring for school-age children
  • Parenting classes
  • PACT (Parents and Children Together) with center-based activities for parents to join their children in child directed play
  • Home visits guided by the Parents as Teachers curriculum

Families eligible to participate include those:

  • With children who are birth to 5th grade in the Boulder Valley School District
  • With parents who have high literacy needs
  • Who qualify for free and reduced lunch or who qualify for Head Start

BVFLP is supported by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the federal Title 1 program, and Even Start.

GED Preparation and ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes

Preparación del GED

(Diploma de Equivalencia General)

Clases de inglés como segundo idioma

Columbine Elementary School

Classes meet Monday and Wednesday

5:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

To register call 720-561-5826

Sanchez Elementary School

Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday


To register call 720-561-5826

Pioneer Elementary School

Classes meet Tuesday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

To register call 720-561-5826

Emerald Elementary School

Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

To register call 720-561-5826

Boulder Public Library

Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday


To register call 720-561-5826

All classes are free.

Preschool for children ages 2-5 provided free.

Homework support for elementary children.

Escuela primaria Columbine

llame al 720-561-5826

5:00 - 8:00 PM

lunes y miercoles

Escuela primaria Sanchez

llame al 720-561-5826

5:00 - 8:00 PM

martes y jueves

Escuela primaria Pioneer

llame al 720-561-5826

8:00 - 10:00 AM

martes a viernes

Escuela primaria Emerald

llame al 720-561-5826

5:00 - 8:00 PM

martes y miercoles

Boulder Public Library

llame al 720-561-5826

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

martes y miercoles

Todas las clases son gratis.

Preescolar para los niños de 2-5 años de edad.

Apoyo con la tarea para niños de primaria.

GED Resources

Find out where to take the GED here

Boulder Library online Gale courses- free online test prep courses

GED test site- learn about the GED test itself, types of questions, etc

Other Community Supports/Resources

Boulder READS program offer literacy tutors and exam prep

Intercambio- offers adult English classes

Useful Web Links