Partners for Children & Families Receives Funding to Launch Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Moore County
$10 million provided statewide to deliver books right into the hands of North Carolina's youngest children
Partners for Children & Families and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are working together to get books into the hands of Moore County’s youngest children.
In 2017, North Carolina’s state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year and $7 million in the second year of the state budget for Smart Start to administer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library across North Carolina. Partners for Children & Families, Moore County’s local Smart Start affiliated agency, is leading this effort locally and is working to ensure every young child in this community has books to read and enjoy at home.
In 1995, Dolly Parton launched Imagination Library to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Now, Partners for Children & Families is bringing this program to local families for free!
Moore County parents and guardians of children ages birth to five are eligible to register. Each month, a new, carefully selected book will be mailed to the home in the child's name in an effort to create a sense of excitement about getting new books. It generally takes 6-9 weeks from the time of enrollment until the first book is received. This program is provided at no cost to families.
“We have been distributing books to young, at-risk children in Moore County for nearly twenty years. Early childhood should be a time of great joy and learning. It is our goal to encourage parents to read with their children daily during this important time in their lives and help boost children’s early learning and school readiness skills,” stated Terry Reynolds, Executive Director of Partners for Children & Families, “We truly appreciate the efforts of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to replicate this initiative in other communities, and look forward to providing this opportunity in addition to those we have supported for many years.”
To learn more about Partners for Children and Families or to register for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library online, visit www.moore4kids.com. You can also register over the phone at (910) 949-4045 or visit the PfCF office located at 7720 NC Hwy 22 in Carthage.