Learning begins at birth, but many parents do not realize their critical role as their children’s first teacher. Early learning can take many forms, from parental interaction to childcare programs to formal preschool education. These early learning experiences are important, as they can shape a child’s entire academic future. When children start kindergarten ready to learn and equipped with the necessary language and literacy skills they are more likely to be reading at grade level in third grade and more likely to graduate high school on time with a plan for college or career training.
How We're Changing the Story:
What YOUR gifts made possible in 2017:
- 531 children received quality childcare, preschool, and early intervention services; 96% reached age-appropriate developmental milestones
- 12,000 families with preschoolers received Getting Kids Ready for Kindergarten Calendars
- 98% of children who participated in a family literacy program with their parents achieved age-appropriate English language skills
- 4,303 children received a free book each month through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program
- 22 Reading Buddies provided more than 300 volunteer hours reading to preschool children