Partners in Literacy:
For more information on the Dolly Parton Imagination Library or to enroll, please contact Katie Tang at 336.513.0063
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library In 1996, Dolly Parton launched a reading program to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Eligible children will receive one free developmentally appropriate book in the mail per month until they reach their fifth birthday. The books distributed by the Dolly Parton Foundation are carefully selected to be age-appropriate and to deliver positive, developmentally important skill opportunities for the targeted children. This service is at no cost to the family. Alamance Partnership for Children is currently providing this service to all children in Alamance County between the ages of birth to five years old.
For more information the Reach Out and Read program, please contact Penny Scott at 336.513.0063 ext. 102 or email email@example.com.
The Reach Out and Read® program was initially developed and tested in medical practices in Boston, Massachusetts. The program incorporates literacy awareness into health care for young children by educating parents that healthy development for their children goes beyond physical care and encompasses developmental and cognitive care as well. At regularly scheduled well-child visits, doctors ask questions about family reading patterns when completing developmental screenings. They inform parents regarding age-appropriate pre-literacy skills and expectations as well as give tips on effective practices to encourage shared family reading. Beyond that, the doctors give age-appropriate books (provided by the Alamance Partnership for Children) to the children to take home, ensuring that the child’s home environment is print-enriched and thereby reinforcing the importance of reading. ROR is currently being administered out of Burlington Pediatrics on Webb Avenue, Mebane Pediatrics and Kernodle Clinic in Elon. ROR has distributed nearly 5,000 books during well-child visits. Additional offices providing well-child visits are being added.
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