Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Ontario Trillium Foundation has made a significant investment in enriching the lives of young children in Brant. MPP Dave Levac and Larry Davis, from the Ontario Trillium Grant Review team announced that Kids Can Fly will receive a grant of 81 thousand dollars over the course of two years to fund the Imagination Library.
Imagination Library is an amazing opportunity for children to receive free books in the mail from birth to age five. It was established by country singer Dolly Parton in 1996 and brought to Brant in 2009 by Kids Can Fly in partnership with the Rotary Club of Brantford-Sunrise. Funding from both Rotary Clubs now allow Kids Can Fly to register about 200 children per year.
The children begin to receive quality, age appropriate books in the mail, once a month. If a baby is registered at birth they will have received a library of 60 books when they reach their 5th birthday!
Kids Can Fly and the Brant-Brantford Roundtable on Poverty partnered to apply for this new funding.
The research on the impact of Imagination Library shows that it brings families together with parents reading more to their children and spending more time interacting.
Children who have had the benefit of Imagination Library tend to arrive at kindergarten with larger vocabularies, heighten creativity and showing excitement about learning new things. In Brant 25% of children are not ready when they start kindergarten and 28% of high-school students do not graduate. When these students are not able to complete their schooling they are more likely to live in poverty.
The new allocation of funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will allow for 700 more children to participate in the program.
Kids Can Fly is continuing to raise funds for the Imagination Library and their goal is to enrol every child born in Brant in the program. If you would like to sponsor a child for the Imagination Library click http://www.kidscanfly.ca/programs/imagination-library/