Born To Read
Reach Out and Read
Dolly Parton
  Imagination Library
Project Book Find
   

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Reading with a preschool child is the single most important activity to prepare a child for school, that’s the ELP message. To help make this possible, we have three literacy programs to support York County children.

Born To Read
Visitation of all new mothers (who consent) while in the hospital to assess for and avail them to programs; provides book, bag, bib, classical music tape and pertinent information re: resources in community. Education on the importance of early brain development and early literacy is a part of the Born to Read Program.
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Reach Out and Read
Doctors and staff in 6 pediatric practices are currently trained in and using this program; new, age-appropriate books are provided for each child 6 months to 5 years who comes for a well-child visit and doctor gives anticipatory guidance to parent.; “gently loved” books are also provided for the siblings; doctors use this opportunity to educate parents about the importance of reading and talking to the child and the relationship of these early literacy activities to brain development.

Visit the Reach Out and Read SC website

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Dolly Parton Imagination Library
The Imagination Library was created by Dolly Parton in 1996 so that every preschool child in her home of Sevier County, Tennessee, would have their own library of books that would encourage in them love of reading and learning. The program was so successful and generated such interest from across the country that, after much thought, Dolly decided to offer her Imagination Library for replication in any community that would support it.
 
Reading with a preschool child is the single most important activity to prepare a child for school, that’s the ELP message. To help make this possible, we recently launched the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to ensure York County children have access to age-appropriate books in their homes. Once enrolled, the child receives a hard-cover book by mail each month.

This program is a community driven initiative that costs ELP $30 per child, per year, or $150 from birth to age five.  ELP fundraises to provide this important program to York County children.

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Project Book Find

Project Book Find is an excellent opportunity for volunteers who enjoy mobilizing groups in their community to help make a difference. Volunteers organize book drives to collect children’s books, new or gently used, for families who really need them. Did you know that children who live in print-rich environments, and are read to in their preschool years, are much more likely to learn to read on schedule?
 
Poor families may lack the money to buy books, may not have easy access to good children’s books, and may not have been read to when they were children. Early reading problems may mean school failure, which increases the risk of dropping out, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy. Children whose parents read aloud to them have a higher rate of success in school.

The purpose of Project Book Find is to increase the number of quality reading materials in the home and places where families may wait, such as the doctor’s office. Volunteers can organize book drives at local churches, schools or community clubs and organization meetings. Children’s books can be collected as an “entry fee” to meetings and community special events, such as football games. Many community members probably have grown children with stacks of young children’s books at home, ready to be “recycled.” The Early Learning Partnership can make sure the books are provided to families throughout York County who need them.

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For more information about our Literacy Programs, contact ELP office at (803) 323-2180.
 

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