Region A Partnership for Children Receives Smart Start Grant for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Expansion in Western North Carolina Counties

Region A Partnership for Children, a partner in the Smart Start Network, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) are working together with community partners to get books into the homes of our youngest children in the far western counties of North Carolina. DPIL is a book gifting program for children from birth to age five. The mission of the program is to foster a love of reading in preschool children and ensure that every child born has specially selected books, regardless of their family’s income, delivered straight to their home. Children enrolled receive a book every month at no cost to the family until their fifth birthday. Through this Smart Start Expansion, children in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties who did not previously have access to the DPIL program are now elible to enroll and receive a free book each month through the Region A Partnership for Children Smart Start program. Families can find out about availability of the program in their zip code and enroll their children at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library -Registration During the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year of the budget and $7 million in the second year for the Smart Start network to offer free books through DPIL to children across the state. “I’m thrilled that my Imagination Library is going to be offered to so many children in North Carolina” stated Dolly Parton, the founder of Imagination Library. “Working together we can help children dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.“ The Region A Partnership for Children received Smart Start Expansion funding to launch the DPIL program in the seven far western counties to serve an additional 2066 children this year in previously unserved zip code areas. Janice Edgerton, Executive Director for the Region A Partnership for Children stated, “We understand that early literacy preparation is foundational in our efforts to ensure that all children have the opportunity to achieve their full and greatest potential. We’re so grateful to our state legislators for their vision in partnering with the Smart Start network to advance early education through enhanced early literacy initiatives such as DPIL.”
To find out more about the NC Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library partnership and availability for your zip code, visit Learn More: Smart Start / Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library The Region A Partnership for Children is the non-profit organization that manages Smart Start and NC Pre-K programs along with other early education, health and family support initiatives for young children and their families in the seven westernmost NC counties and the Qualla Boundary. Smart Start is a statewide network of early childhood partners that ensures that young children have a strong foundation for starting kindergarten. For more information, please visit our website and “like” our Facebook page. Website: Region A Partnership for Children Facebook: RegionAKids For more information, please visit About Smart Start Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program for children from birth to age five. The mission of the program is to foster a love of reading in preschool children and ensure that every child born has books, regardless of their family’s income. Smart Start is a network of 75 nonprofit local partnerships that serve all 100 North Carolina counties. This network is led by The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) that ensures fiscal and programmatic accountability, and coordinates the statewide network to create better outcomes for children and families.

Roll and Read Rolls Over For Fun

All local families are invited to join in on the fun! Waynesville (September 19, 2014) – Pack the kids in the stroller and roll on over to Haywood County’s first-ever Roll and Read– Powered by Parents as Teachers. The focus is on physical well-being and early literacy. On September 19 from 10:30am to 12:00pm, Parents As Teachers will collaborate with the Waynesville Recreation Center and sponsor a walk along the Recreation Center nature trail. Parents and children can walk, bike, skate, push a stroller or pull a wagon from the Waynesville Recreation Center parking lot to the Waynesville Recreation Park, as well as enjoy select children’s stories at points along the way. The party is open to families with children of all ages, not just those participating in Parents as Teachers programs. Roll and Read will also offer additional educational activities for families. This will include a “Safety House” provided by the Waynesville Fire Department to discuss fire safety, raffle prizes, and free books for children who attend. Additionally, trained staff will be on hand to discuss child development, suggest appropriate children’s books and answer other related questions parents may have. This event is one of several being held in communities across the United States in September, as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of Parents as Teachers (PAT). Internationally, PAT provides curriculum and training to support families with children from pregnancy through kindergarten. In Haywood County, Parents As Teachers is funded by SmartStart and is based at KARE. Haywood PAT has been serving families since 2001. It is part of a network of more than 2,000 PAT programs worldwide. For more information about the Parents as Teachers international organization, visit www.ParentsAsTeachers.org. For more information about Haywood County Parents As Teachers, please visit KARE’s website at www.karehouse.org, or call 828-456-8995.