Children in Fayette County who enter program will receive an appropriate book from the day they are born until their fifth birthday.
Frankfort, KY: First Lady Glenna Fletcher and Fayette County School Superintendent Stu Silberman joined representatives of the United Way’s Success By 6 initiative and other community partners at the Family Care Center to announce a unique partnership with the Dollywood Foundation in creating Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library allows for children, from the day they are born, to receive an age appropriate book every month until their fifth birthday. Children must reside in Fayette County and can enter the program at any time.
Research shows, and many educators agree, that a child’s capacity to learn is developed very early in life. Literacy skills such as letter names and shapes, associating sounds with letters, being read to, familiarity with books, associating reading with love and fun are developed long before a child is able to read.
“As First Lady of Kentucky, promoting early literacy programs is one of my top priorities. My focus on the Read to Achieve program ensures that every child has the opportunity to master the skill of reading by the end of the third grade,” said Mrs. Fletcher. “This program is a nice tie-in to the Imagination Library, which also emphasizes preschool reading and parent involvement as important steps toward a child’s success in school.”
Mrs. Fletcher concluded the press conference reading the book The Little Engine that Could to the children at the Family Care Center.
Initial funding, made possible by the United Way’s Success by 6 initiative, will allow over 1,600 children, ages 0-5, in Fayette County to register for the program. Census information shows that there are approximately 16,000 preschoolers in Fayette County. Additional private and corporate support will allow for expansion of the program so that no children will be turned away and the program can continue for years to come.