In a collaboration with Ocean Reef Community Foundation and private donors, UWCK is pleased to offer an Imagination Library program for children throughout Monroe County. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Monroe County provides an age appropriate books once a month for children from infancy to age five. These books are designed to encourage children to read and engage parents in reading with their children!
Academically, children growing up in homes without books are on average three years behind children in homes with lots of books, even when controlled for other key factors. (M.D.R Evans et al, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, June 2010)
One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home. But 61% of low-income families do not have any age-appropriate books for their kids at home. With a significant population struggling to make ends meet in Monroe County, this means a lot of our children don't have access to books. Enrollment in Imagination Library can have positive, lifelong effects that go beyond academic achievement.
What are the requirements for families interested in signing up?
1) Have a child that is a resident of Monroe County, FL.
2) Submit the registration form, completely filled out by a parent or guardian.
3) Notify United Way of the Collier and the Keys any time your address changes.
4) Read with your child!
Eight to ten weeks after your registration form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of Monroe County. If you would have questions about this program, send us an email.
Our enrollment efforts target children from at-risk households who greatly benefit from this early educational intervention strategy.
To sponsor enrollment in the five-year Dolly Parton Imagination Library program at $150 per child, donations are accepted at KeysUnitedWay.org/Donate. Any contribution helps make this program possible for even more children in Monroe County.