The Community Foundation serves as the fiscal agent for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in Washington County. Partnering with United Way, WCPS, the Fletcher Foundation, Mathias Charitable Trust and contributions from individual donors, we currently provide 1,100 children age birth to five years with a monthly, age-appropriate book delivered right to their homes. Another 1,500 local children have graduated from the program upon entering kindergarten.
Gabrielle, a single mom of two year old B. says her son enjoys every aspect of the Imagination Library books. “He likes to help me get the mail and check to see if he has a book. We immediately have to unwrap and read the book. He also likes to read them all by himself. We love the Dolly Parton books!”
“We brought Imagination Library to Washington County in an effort to improve early childhood literacy and impact the number of children that enter kindergarten ready to learn,” shared Kristy Smith, director of grants and donor relations. “As an affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, we can tap into low cost books and efficient delivery, but the money that supports kids here in Washington County comes from our sponsors and local donors.” While the emphasis is on children enrolled in WIC, Head Start or other income-based programs, registration is open to all age-eligible children while funds are available.