Early Literacy

Children gather around a drum with a teacher

Story telling + Music + Activities + Fun + Friends = Literacy Events!


Join Us!

In-person Early Literacy Events are back! Virtual events are still happening!

The event schedule includes in-person events and virtual events.  The virtual events allow families across the state with children who are Deaf or hard of hearing to attend from a safe environment. In-person events follow state and local guidance to keep you safe.  All regional events have the great components that you love, such as:

  • Storytelling in ASL and Spoken English
  • Music and Movement
  • ASL Chant
  • Literacy Activities





What is an Early Literacy Event?


The Early Literacy events offered through the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, Outreach Programs, are available to Colorado families with children who are Deaf or hard of hearing, birth through age five years old.  In-person events and literacy activities are offered in the following regions:

  • Northern Colorado
  • Denver Metro
  • Pikes Peak

Each Early Literacy event provides families with a rich literacy experience and strategies to promote their child’s language and literacy development.  Families actively participate in  a variety of activities which may include:

  • Story time presented in American Sign Language (ASL) with spoken English interpretation
  • Music and movement activities
  • Hands-on literacy activities
  • Take home literacy activities
  • Parent education focusing on a variety of topics
  • Time to meet and interact with other families who have children who are Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Opportunities to meet adults who are Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Opportunities to meet professionals serving families with children who are Deaf or hard of hearing

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and its staff respect and value families’ communication choices.  Activities are presented using various modes of communication and are designed to encourage a child’s literacy skills.

Families with young children who are Deaf or hard of hearing between newborn and through age 5 are welcome to attend.

Community Events, Ages 0 to 8 years old



Saturday, March 9, 2024

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

408 Mason Ct. Fort Collins, CO 80917

We will be reading the book Pete the Cat, Out of This World

CSDB will cover the admission tickets for D/HH children (birth to 8) and their immediate families.

Enjoy exploring the museum, story time, and connecting with Deaf/Hard of Hearing adults.

Interpreters will be present. 

RSVP by Monday, March 4, 2024

RSVP Link: https://bit.ly/ELEDISCOVERY

Contact: Jennifer McLellan at jmclellan@csdb.org

Co-Leads: Jennifer McLellan & Kathy Sevier


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Community Early Literacy Event

Children's Museum Family Day


The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus invites families attending the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (birth to 8 years old) to come and explore the museum for FREE!


Saturday, April 6, 2024

  • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • 2121 Children's Museum Drive, Denver, CO 80211

Questions:  contact CSDB Early Childhood ASL & Literacy Specialist Jennifer McLellan

RSVP Link: https://bit.ly/ELECHILDREN

Free family memberships are available to families at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind.  This offer is available only to families who attend the event on Saturday, April 6, 2024.


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Children's Museum Free Family Day

In-Person Events


Northern Colorado

Events and Dates Coming Soon!

Pikes Peak

Events and Dates Coming Soon!

Denver Metro

Events and Dates Coming Soon!


We hope you join an event very soon!  

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