Children’s literacy program announces significant expansion

Brantford, Ontario CANADA – “The more you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  Dr. Seuss.

Local preschool children in Brantford-Brant will be able to receive free books in the mail as a result of grants received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Rotary Club Sunrise and Rotary Club of Brantford, special United Way funding, Brant Community Foundation, Stedman Foundation, St. George Women’s Institute, performer Lesia Way, Brantford Rotaract Club  and a number of other private donations through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

On June 15, 2012, at the Children’s Safety Village, local charity Kids Can Fly hosted a media launch luncheon to announce the additional registrations opening in the community for the local branch of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  The event featured announcements, greetings and group photos followed by lunch.

Our purpose is to improve early childhood literacy and promote the importance of the parent’s role in developing their child’s early literacy skills,” said Sharon Brooks, Executive Director of Kids Can Fly. “It is a simple idea but the effects are deep and provides long-term benefits for the person and the community.”

Kids Can Fly is thrilled with funding that has been granted, but in order to facilitate planned growth additional funds are still needed. Currently, 300 children are registered in the program and this additional funding will allow another 700 to be added over the next two years.  There are approximately 5,600 children in Brantford-Brant that are ages 0-5 years old and Kids Can Fly’s ultimate goal is to have all 5,600 children enrolled in the program.

The Imagination Library provides an opportunity for children to receive quality, age appropriate books in the mail once a month for free, from birth to age five.  If a baby is registered at birth they will have received a library of 60 books when they reach their 5th birthday.  The program 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.  Parents in the Brantford-Brant can email to register their children.  Registration is limited to two children per household.

The experiences of thousands of families, as well as research in child development, affirm the benefits of early learning experiences for children. Research shows that activities such as reading regularly with children, beginning in infancy, can prepare a child for school, which lasts a child’s lifetime.

Anyone interested in helping fund the program can contact Jeanne Smitiuch at or 519-758-1407.


About Kids Can Fly

Serving Brantford and Brant County, Kids Can Fly is a registered charity focused on the importance of early learning initiatives and parenting support.  A champion for positive change during early childhood development, Kids Can Fly operates and supports a number of programs based on the teachings of the late Dr. Fraser Mustard.  Helping every child reach their full potential, Kids Can Fly has been making a difference for area children for the past ten years.  For more information, or to donate visit or become a fan on Facebook ( ) or twitter (@kidscanfly).



Jeanne Smitiuch: 519.758.1407