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Hick, Garcia kick off Literacy Week 2013

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia held a pep rally for early childhood literacy Tuesday at the Capitol, reminding supporters about one of the administration’s top education priorities.

It’s Colorado Literacy Week 2013, and the ceremony in the Capitol’s west foyer was a kickoff event to highlight several initiatives.

Hickenlooper signed House Bill 13-1117, a bill that consolidates several state child development and early childhood offices and agencies in the Department of Human Services. “This is the culmination of our effort to make government more efficient and effective,” Hickenlooper said. “I think it will lead to greater outcomes.”

Garcia touted a new report, Colorado Reads 2013, that highlights what’s happened during the last year in the administration’s “early literacy initiative.” (You can read the report here.)

The lieutenant governor also put in a plug for the One Book 4 Colorado initiative, which encourages reading by young children. The program distributes free books through libraries and doctors’ offices. This year’s book is “Duck on a Bike.” That effort officially rolled out Monday.

Garcia is crisscrossing the state this week, appearing at several events to promote early literacy.

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