Adult Literacy GED Program

Meet our Family Literacy Staff

Alice Cowan

Job Title: Community Liaison
Phone Numbers:
School: 720-561-5826

BVSD provides free, adult literacy and GED classes for adults at Emerald on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m during the school year.  Enrollment takes place every 4 to 6 weeks.  The classes begin in August and end in May.  To register you must call the office  and set up an orientation appointment.  

Classes are available to speakers of all languages. We have individuals from China, Korea, Nepal, Guatemala, Spain, Gana, Russia and the list goes on and on.  You only need to want to learn English.

Homework Help is also available for those in grades 1 to 5.  A preschool group is available for children between 2-5 years to help prepare them for a preschool setting.   We also have PACT with the adult and children the last 30 minutes one time per week.  This is a bonding and modeling time for the parents. 

The Boulder Family Literacy Program is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities of low-income families by helping parents actively support their children's education through participation in programs such as Adult Education including English as a Second Language and GED, Parent Education, Family Management, and intergenerational activities at their child's school.

Goals of the Family Literacy Program

  • Prepare preschool children for elementary school
  • Enhance the home learning environment
  • Increase the language and literacy skills of the parent
  • Improve the literacy and math achievement of school-age students


What is Family Literacy?

The Boulder Valley Family Literacy program follows the National Center for Family Literacy and Even Start Program models. The following components make up the program:

  • Parent education consisting of ESL, GED and Computer Literacy

  • Early childhood education for children 2years-5 years following the Creative Curriculum
  • Homework Support and Tutoring for school-age children
  • Parenting classes
  • PACT (Parents and Children Together) with center-based activities for parents to join their children in child directed play
  • Home visits guided by the Parents as Teachers curriculum

Who Can Participate?

Families eligible to participate include those:

  • With children who are birth to 5th grade in the Boulder Valley School District

  • With parents who have high literacy needs
  • Who qualify for free and reduced lunch or who qualify for Head Start

BVFLP is supported by the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the federal Title 1 program, and Even Start.  


Class Schedule