A key component for supporting parents, is Arkansas Preschool Plus being an affiliate sponsor with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide free books to children from birth up to age five in Conway, Faulkner and Perry Counties.
In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to nearly 40,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom! Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to almost 700,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.
Arkansas Preschool Plus became an official affiliate sponsor for Imagination Library for the city of Conway in 2014 with an official launch hosted by the Conway Rotary Club in February with First Lady Ginger Beebe as the special guest. In 2016 Arkansas Preschool Plus expanded Imagination Library into all of Faulkner County and into Perry and Conway Counties as well.
April 7, 2016 Arkansas Preschool Plus hosted its first Dancing for Scholars Fundraising event at the Conway High School Courtyard. This was an exciting, fun event that raised money for Imagination Library. Look for this even again each year!
If you are a resident of Faulkner, Conway or Perry County and have a child/children ages birth up to 5 years old, you can enroll your child to receive a free, quality, age appropriate book mailed to your home each month at www.ImaginationLibrary.com!
Local community sponsors that make Imagination Library possible in Conway are: Conway Corporation, Senator Jason Rapert, Community Foundation, Conway Rotary Club and Virco.
P.O. Box 11408, Conway, AR 72034 ARPreschoolPlus@gmail.com (501) 472-6395