The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school. -National Commission on Reading
In an effort to promote early literacy, school readiness and future success, the Door County Partnership for Children and Families (DCPCF) has partnered with the Dollywood Foundation to implement a local Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities. The program is funded by local community partners – in this case, the Door County Partnership for Children and Families and generous donors from the community– and provides one free book per month for the children who are registered in the program.
The Imagination Library program has been in existence for more than twenty years and has reached more than one million children worldwide.
The Imagination Library program is open to all children, from birth until their 5th birthday, who live in Door County. The program is FREE to the children and families involved and is funded completely by the DCPCF, grants, and community donations. The cost for the DCPCF is approximately $2.10 per month per child, for a total of $25 per year per child.
The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – Door County program will help to ensure that all young children in Door County can have access to books in their own homes. Bringing the Imagination Library program to Door County will help to promote early literacy and in turn, school readiness and future success for Door County children.
Research has shown that there are benefits to book ownership and having books available in the home.
The only behavior measure that correlates significantly with reading scores is the number of books in the home. - McQuillan, 1998
Placing books in the hands of children fundamentally influences their chances for both personal and academic success. -Constantino, 2014; Neuman & Celano, 2012; McGill-Franzen, 2016; Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2013; Kim, 2009
For more information on the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program in Door County, please visit our website: www.doorcountyparents.com.
The Door County Partnership for Children and Families is a program of United Way of Door County.