Metropolitan State University of Denver
Metropolitan State University of Denver was established by the Colorado legislature in 1965 with the mission to provide a high-quality, accessible, and enriching education that prepares students for successful careers, post-graduate education, and lifelong learning in an increasingly multicultural, global and technological society. MSU Denver’s Family Literacy Program began in 1994 as a response to the cycle of poverty and illiteracy for metropolitan Denver’s low-income families in the Denver Public Schools.
MSU Denver reaches west Denver families who experience varied economic and educational challenges. People in the area share immigrant and refugee experiences, many of them live in public housing, and all of them are low-income. MSU Denver’s Family Literacy Program emphasizes learning within a family context that enhances the relationships between parents and children, while bolstering the parents’ role as supporters of their children’s education.
In collaboration with MSU Denver’s Family Literacy Program partners, the Toyota Family Learning initiative will maximize the organization’s family engagement efforts by expanding service learning opportunities for parents and children and strengthening family bonds and community connections.