MSU Denver

This foundational initiative invests in the next generation through intergenerational literacy services supporting low-income, immigrant and refugee families with limited or interrupted education.

An investment in the education of all children, particularly those with low literacy and numeracy skills diminishes the achievement gap. In doing so it is necessary to provide parental education so that parents are better able to serve as the first teachers of their children as well as gain necessary skills needed for employment and family self-sufficiency.

Adult Education

English as a Second Language

Integrated Elements

Foundational English skills serve as the backbone of the adult education program. Participants engage in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in student-centered learning environments. Multi-day classes include grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary development, and book clubs for emerging readers.


The goal of this component is to increase family self-efficacy. Instruction in Parent & teacher communication,

volunteerism in the school, and navigation of an American school system provides parents with the tools to help foster their children’s academic success.


Digital Literacy

Adult Education

Computer instruction unlocks a family’s ability to access the integral world of technology by providing interaction in a previously inaccessible way. Integration of digital learning, an emphasis on critical employability and soft skills, and defined pathways to college and career readiness are all key components of this endeavor.

Service Learning

This meaningful process gives parents a platform to use their new-found English skills in an authentic way with native English speakers as they engage in community service projects. Involvement in service learning helps expand student voice, build social capital, and increase advocacy skills.

Early Childhood Education - Early Family Literacy (EFL)

Nurturing childhood development

Early Childhood Education children painting

The pre-preschool classroom supports the youngest family members during the early formative years, providing play-based, literacy rich classrooms for children ages 1-5. The structured setting fosters a love of learning and introduces routines and schedules to begin preparing little ones for kindergarten.

Early Childhood Education children reading books

Teaching staff gauges children’s progress through ten developmental domains and monitors growth throughout the school year. Families receive home visits and participate in parent-teacher conferences each semester.

Early Childhood Education children wearing fire helmets

Parents engage with their children weekly in the early learning classroom through a shared Parent and Child Time (PACT) activities, crafts, and interactive reading to support literacy and learn strategies to apply at home.

Parents as Teachers (PAT) Home Visitation

Parent doing crafts with her childrenParents as teachers graduation ceremonyFamilies with children ages prenatal to kindergarten receive regular home visits from highly trained Parent Educators through the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program. The goals are to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices. Parent Educators assist in early detection of developmental delays and health issues, connecting families to local resources and educational materials, and increasing children’s school readiness and school success.

GED en español

GED preparation in Spanish

GED spanish

The Spanish GED program provides personalized instruction and offers computer lab support for adults interested in attaining their high school equivalency diploma in Spanish. Claudia Alvarez facilitates evening instructional preparation.

Class meets on Mondays & Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30pm at the Quigg Newton Community Center.

Contact Us!

The Family Literacy Program is an initiative of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Metropolitan State University of Denver

See below for center location information!

Email the Director

Main Office

(303) 458-8063


Adult Education

(303) 637-2559


Early Childhood Education

(303) 637-2550

Parents as Teachers

(303) 537-2558


GED en español

(303) 637-2551

Main Office Location


Quigg Newton Community Center

4440 Navajo Street

Denver, CO 80211

(303) 458-8063


Dr. Adriann Wycoff


Phone: (303) 615-1163

Email: [email protected]


Health Professions students gather on Auraria Campus.

Mailing Address

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Family Literacy Program
Campus Box 41
PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217

A student studies on a hammock on Auraria Campus.

Adams 12 - Thornton Locations

McElwain Elementary School
1020 Dawson Dr.
Denver, CO 80229
(720) 972-5500

STEM Launch
9450 N. Pecos St.
Thornton, CO 80260

Students in the classroom.

Adams 14 - Commerce City Locations

Rose Hill Elementary School
6900 E. 58th Ave.
Commerce City, CO 80022
ALC: (303) 853-3333

Faculty & Staff

Maureen Rudy

Maureen Rudy

Adult Education Program Manager

[email protected] 303-458-8063 Rudy Directory Profile
Robb Gallegos

Robb Gallegos

ESL Instructor & Parent Facillitator

[email protected] 303-438-8063 Gallegos Directory Profile
Ana Muneton

Ana Muneton

Parents as Teachers Co-Coordinator

[email protected] 303-458-8063 Muneton Directory Profile
Silvia Romero

Silvia Romero

Parent Educator Specialist / Early Childhood Education Instructor

[email protected] 303-458-8063 Romero Directory Profile
Claudia Alvarez

Claudia Alverez

GED en español instructora

[email protected] 303-458-8063 Alvarez Directory Profile