RISE Volunteer

RISE (Read, Imagine, Share & Explore)

Literacy and learning program for at-risk preschoolers

Available in the Denver Metro Area Only
Not available in Colorado Springs

It's hard to imagine a toddler falling asleep without a bedtime story or a child living in a place without books to look at and touch. In an ideal world, every toddler would experience books and reading and be ready to start school.

Since 1992, we have been helping organizations give underprivileged toddlers a chance at literacy. RISE is a language and literacy program that supplements preschool curriculum through books, music, art and movement.

RISE specializes in augmenting preschool programs that do not have access to literary services and where children are less likely to be exposed to reading or story time. Every week, RISE is offered at inner city public housing locations. The Bridge Project is an afterschool program at Westwood, Columbine, South Lincoln, and Quigg Newton. RISE is available at Renaissance Children's Center which falls under the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. RISE is also at Hidden Brook which is run by Hope Communities,Garden Court run by Rocky Mountain Communities and Warren Village, a childcare and early education center for children of low-income, single parents.

As research increasingly demonstrates the need for children to be "ready" for kindergarten and to have basic learning foundations in place by that time, the need for the RISE early/pre-literacy services has grown exponentially. Research tells us that without the right stimulation and caring attention in early childhood, children fall behind and may never catch up. The Colorado School Readiness Indicators Project states that "school readiness includes much more than developing fundamental cognitive and language skills."

RISE helps underserved families with school readiness.

By virtue of working with children and their families/caregivers, RISE is in a position to influence the development of broader, life-based skills. Many of the program's activities and suggestions for parents to incorporate into the home include using all environments to provide stimulation and rich learning opportunities - for example, colors can be taught, expanded and reviewed walking down the street, riding in a car or bus, or shopping.

The RISE program was designed and continues to be refined utilizing state-of-the art research and practices, to address these very needs for children who are living in poverty or at-risk situations. The goals of the RISE program are to increase the ability of every child to do well in school and later in life, to provide exposure to rich literature with emphasis on vocabulary, fine and gross motor activities, art, music, and cognitive activities all based on specific age-appropriate pieces of literature.

With your help, we can expand our locations to include home-based childcare centers - because those children need us too.


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RISE needs the following donations:

If you can donate any of the above items, please mail or drop off items at our office.

  • glue sticks
  • glue bottles
  • scotch tape
  • masking tape
  • construction paper (any color)
  • markers
  • washable paint
  • box of 24 crayons

RISE seeks to increase the ability of every child to do well in school and later in life.

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Each week’s activities radiate from a story read at the beginning of the class. Art, music and movement follow, with the goal of developing a child’s self-confidence, speech, language, fine and gross motor skills.