Educators have emphasized the fact that reading with a preschool child is the single most important activity to help prepare a child for school. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library was created to guarantee access to books and to inspire parents to read to their children as much as possible.
United Way of Freeborn County is committed to building literacy skills and school readiness in young children. We want to ensure children have positive developmental opportunities so that they can start school ready to succeed. We want to grow success in learning and in life.
Studies show that when kids are given regular 'lap-time' not 'laptop' time, but time spent reading books before kindergarten, their vocabulary can reach 10,000 words before age 5. For a child who hasn't had this experience, their vocabulary is about 3,000 words.
United Way of Freeborn County, in partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, provides one book each month to children, from birth to age 5, who live in our service area* and are registered by their parent or guardian.
These sturdy, colorful, age appropriate books are delivered directly to the child. Each book is selected for the developmental benefits it brings - and for the fun. There is no cost to registered families.
The cost for this program is covered by donations made to United Way of Freeborn County by individual and business donors.
If you would care to donate towards this program, please send a donation to us at:
United Way of Freeborn County
PO Box 686
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Or you can donate online by clicking "GIVE" here or on our home page.
If you would like to contribute to the cost of the books or to sponsor a child, you can give specifically for this purpose to the United Way of Freeborn County.
Program sponsorship costs approximately $30 per child, per year.