It sounds too simple to be true, but reading regularly with your child beginning at birth, provides your child with a huge boost towards success.

This holiday season, Kids Can Fly is raising funds for our Imagination Library program.  Children can be enrolled in the Imagination Library at birth. The program then provides the child with a free book each month in the mail up until the age of 5.  That’s a total of 60 books!  Imagination Library 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. 

Having books in the family home offers quality bonding time for parents and their children.  Children love to hear stories and cuddling up and reading a book together brings families closer. Children that have Imagination Library books in their homes tend to arrive at kindergarten with larger vocabularies, heightened creativity and show excitement about learning new things.

The program is growing and supporters are realizing the value in sponsoring a child for Imagination Library.

“Every year I donate to a children’s charity in honour of my staff.  I saw the Imagination Library Gift of Reading fundraising campaign and it appealed to me because I like to direct my donation to children in our local community, and I love that this program focuses on literacy” – Imagination Library Supporter

Sponsors of the Imagination Library are also able to name a child that they would like to enroll in Imagination Library. The program costs $60 per year for a child or $300 for the full five years.

It’s a wonderful gift for a new baby in the family, a co-worker’s child or an employees child. You can even sponsor your own child in the program.  Another donor this week plans on designating her donation to her great-grandchild so he will receive the book every month.

“I can’t wait to hear how excited he will be when the books arrive each month!”

Kids Can Fly is aware that there are many gift giving campaigns happening at this time of year, but giving the Gift of Literacy will last a lifetime.  Investing in early learning and development holds it value.  Economists predict that investing in the early years is the best way to increase economic development.  Early learning programs help to save money in the future by reducing poverty, crime, teen pregnancy and welfare dependancy.  It also paves the way for higher education attainment and increases earning potential.

For more information or to sponsor a child for the Imagination Library click here

Raising money for the Imagination Library project is one of our top priorities so that this opportunity can be made available to ALL preschool aged children in Brantford-Brant!

“Dream more, learn more, care more and be more.” – Dolly Parton