Imagination Library Program Coming Soon to Delavan-Darien
Program will serve kids age 0-5
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I register my child?
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What is the program?
Dolly Parton created her Imagination Library in 1996 for preschoolers in Sevier County, TN, to guarantee access to books and inspire parents to read to their children as much as possible.
The Delavan-Darien School District & The Dolly Parton Imagination Library support early learning opportunities for all children birth to age 5 by sending new, age appropriate books to their homes and providing other resources that support early literacy, school readiness, and life- long learning.
Why do we need it here?
Educators have emphasized that reading with a pre-school child is the single most important activity to prepare a child for school.
Many children are not ready to succeed in kindergarten, and those who have not developed some basic literacy skills prior to entering school are 3 to 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.
By age 3, a child’s brain reaches 85% development, yet we spend 85% of our education funding after this age. There are very few programs to aid in early childhood learning, but Imagination Library can help!
How does it work?
From the day they are born, children who register for the program receive a book every month until their 5th birthday.
Preschoolers currently living in the community may enter the program at any time and begin receiving an age-appropriate book every month until age 5.
Families with preschool children who move into the area are eligible to register and become part of the program.
Participating families who move out of the community will exit the program at that time.
If a family has more than one preschool age child, each child may participate and receive their own library of books.
A committee of individuals from education, child development, academia, and early childhood literacy select the books for Dolly’s Imagination Library.
The children’s classic The Little Engine that Could is the first book of each library and Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate is the final book in the collection.
How can I help?
As an individual or business, you can be part of the solution! The cost is ~$30/child each year and there are about 1,300 children under age 5 in Delavan and Darien. The school district is accepting donations for this program to ensure every child has access to this opportunity. Donate online or bring a made out to “Delavan-Darien School District” with “Imagination Library” in the memo line and deliver to the School Administration Center, 324 Beloit St., Delavan, WI 53115.
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