United Way of Southwest Alabama partners with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to foster early reading skills in Mobile County children
From the United Way Southwest Alabama monthly newsletter comes the following statistics and information, paraphrased:
For every 50 children who do not learn to read in kindergarten, 44 of them will still have trouble in 3rd grade. And children without reading skills in 3rd grade are less likely to graduate high school. Early grade reading mastery is one of the best predictors of children's success in school.
To counter that problem in Mobile County, UWSWA partnered with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program, which provides an age-appropriate book to qualifying children each month until their 5th birthday. The books are sent to the child's home and are titles familiar to parents, such as "The Tale of Peter Rabbit."
Since its inception in Mobile County in 2009, 353 children have graduated from the program; currently 211 are enrolled. And since January 2014, 2,000 books have been distributed to children in the county.
Currently, children living in ZIP codes 36509, 36587, 36605, 36610, 36615 and 36617 are eligible. To learn more or to register your child, call UWSWA at 433-3624.