Promoting Early Literacy Skills Among Children
The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Hamilton County Imagination Library is a novel approach to promoting early literacy skills among children ages 0-5. The Cincinnati Imagination Library program was launched in August of 2015 with support from the Every Child Capital Venture Philanthropy Fund.
The program combines two existing initiatives – Reach Out and Read and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library – to accomplish a number of objectives:
- Leveraging the trust that parents place in pediatricians to spread messages about the importance of early literacy for a child’s development
- Teaching parents how to read books with their children and providing families with books for children
Cincinnati Children’s is the first organization in the United States that has successfully implemented both Reach Out and Read and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Our extensive network of 30 Reach Out and Read clinics makes it cost effective to implement Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Hamilton County Imagination Library has enrolled over 22,000 children and has sent out over 629,907 books.
Through support from the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and our generous sponsors the program is available for children in Hamilton County and throughout Ohio.
It is free to enroll a child from birth up to age 5 by visiting the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library website. If you don’t have access to a computer, feel free to enroll at any Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.