My Name Is... Rebecca Erickson

Castle Rock woman founds reading nonprofit

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About me

I grew up in southern Colorado with 10 sisters, four brothers and my mom and dad. I’ve lived in Castle Rock for over 10 years and love it here!  I’m a proud mama to three kids (ages 10, 8 and 5) and grateful for my loving husband of 14 years. I’ve been working with nonprofit education initiatives for 15 years.

Founding my nonprofit

Believing that we all learn the love of learning from those we love, and realizing that more children needed to benefit from such love, in January of 2009 I founded the non-profit organization, READ TO ME.

READ TO ME is a nonprofit organization that cares deeply about children. We reach families at the earliest point in a child’s development, right after birth.

As part of our mission objective, we encourage and support mothers of newborns to take advantage of the critical early months in their infant’s brain development. In fact, researchers now agree that 85 percent of brain development occurs during the first three years of life.

Mothers are given a READ TO ME book bundle, which includes a new, developmentally appropriate book, a READ TO ME reusable tote bag, a homemade knitted hat or baby bear stuffed animal or wooden homemade toy, and a special note furthering the message on the importance of sharing the joy of books and reading with their newborn baby.

My hobbies

I love taking long walks, spending as much time as possible with family and friends, reading, and volunteering with programs that inspire me. 

Why I love Castle Rock

The people! The kindest, most caring people live in Castle Rock! We feel so blessed to have some of Colorado’s best teachers, doctors, business owners, parks, recreation programs and so much more here in our community. 

My mantra

“We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.” — Ellen DeGeneres

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