UWSFC Continues Popular Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program with Santa Fe County

UWSFC Continues Popular Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program with Santa Fe County.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: June 22, 2017
Contact: Marisol Baird
Cell: (505) 920-5939
Email: marisolb@uwsfc.org

UWSFC Continues Popular Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program with Santa Fe County.

In partnership with the Santa Fe County Community Services Department, UWSFC continues to provide free books to 1,200 children, monthly, with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.                                 

Santa Fe, NM – United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC), in partnership with the Santa Fe County Community Services Department, is happy to announce that the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program will continue to serve families in Santa Fe County. UWSFC will administer the program, with the goal of reaching 1,200 children. Other partners and supporters include CHRISTUS St. Vincent, La Familia Medical Center, Brindle Foundation, and local libraries.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was founded by Dolly Parton in 1995 to increase reading among young children. Each month a new, carefully selected and age-appropriate book is mailed directly to a child until that child turns five years old. Any child who is a resident of Santa Fe County is eligible to participate in the program. Additionally, UWSFC mails books in Spanish. About 300 children receive books in Spanish. Over 12,000 books have been distributed since the program launched in October 2014.

 “Early reading efforts with children and families are very important. UWSFC is happy to partner with Santa Fe County Community Services Department to offer books to children in our community,” said Katherine Freeman, President & CEO. “We know that more than 80% of parents enrolled in the program read to their child, daily.”

“The Community Services Department is excited to continue partnering with United Way of Santa Fe County on this program. It has brought so much joy to many!” said Anna L. Bransford, Program Manager at the Community Services Department/ Community Operations at Santa Fe County.

UNITED WAY OF SANTA FE COUNTY BACKGROUND

Early childhood education and care is the sole mission of United Way of Santa Fe County, with a commitment to ensuring that every child receives an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. UWSFC is committed to engaging the entire community, bringing together people and resources to create opportunities for children and families to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

Beginning in 2004, UWSFC has served approximately 6,000 families by using a two-generation approach, supporting both the children and families in a series of high-quality early childhood programs designed to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

To learn more please visit www.uwsfc.org