As part of our early education initiative, parents in Fremont, Lincoln, Sweetwater and Uinta counties can enroll their children, ages birth to five years, into Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Southwest Wyoming.
Through this program, enrolled children will be mailed one free, age appropriate, book each month. Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning. This program helps increase reading aloud to children.
United Way of Southwest Wyoming raises funds to pay for the shipping of the books, promotes the program and registers the children and manages the database. From there, the Dollywood Foundation manages the shipping of the books.
Having access to books and reading aloud has numerous benefits to a child; reading aloud builds literacy skills, language and brain development. The number of words that a child knows upon entering kindergarten is a key predictor of his or her future success. Learn more from Read Aloud.