Forty percent of our Colorado Children are NOT reading at grade level. Imagination Library of Denver wants to change this. We launched the Denver affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 2015 with 30 children enrolled, 4 volunteers in 1 zip code. Since then, we’ve mailed 20,000 books since 2015 and served more than 1,600 families in 3 zip codes.
Studies show that the more books a child has access to before the age of 5 the longer they will attend school and that Imagination Library has a positive effect on more than 1 million children a month worldwide.
We are often asked, how do you know this program works? It’s so simple. We know from longitudinal studies from around the country, parent surveys here in Denver, and in the 5 countries that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library serves that this program:
- Increases child-directed reading
- Positively affects and increases kindergarten literacy assessment scores
- Provides children books with age-appropriate themes and concepts
- Increases school readiness by improving home literacy practices
- Fosters a love of books
- Provides more than $2,000 in value to each one of our families completely free
- Engages parents who may not have been read to as a child and can help create helpful bedtime routines
But take it from our Denver families – our program is proven to increase access to high-quality, age-appropriate books to families who may not have the means to built a library for their children:
Thank you so much for providing books for our 2 boys. The books are enjoyable and they frequently asked to read the books over and over. Your program is awesome. We would not have been able to provide the number of books to our kids without your program. Thanks!
Giving to Imagination Library of Denver makes an immediate, positive and real impact on the lives of our families. We are an independent nonprofit affiliate and responsible for 100% of program costs. Our vision at ILD is to bring 1 book each month to every child in Denver – Let’s increase literacy rates together!