Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library - $25 provides 1 child with 12 books for a year.

At the beginning of January 2016, UWDC brought Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Delaware County. The program provides children ages newborn until age five who are residents of Delaware County with high quality, age-appropriate books that are sent to their homes on a monthly basis.  Through this program, UWDC aims to instill a love of reading in children and their families.  United Way is sponsoring the program so there is no cost to the family. 

Between the years 2012 and 2015, IREAD-3 pass rates rose from 78.2% to 87.9% for all third graders in Muncie Community Schools. During the same time period, pass rates at Longfellow Elementary shot up from 54.1% to 95.2%. This remarkable rise was the result of focused efforts by the school, the students and their families, and many coalition partners. In United Way’s Reading Clubs, students advance their reading level by an average of 1.5 grade levels!

There are over 240 communities focused on improving childhood literacy. This year 38 communities were recognized by the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading as Pacesetters for “leading by example” to solve one or more of the challenges that can undermine early literacy—school readiness, school attendance, summer learning. Of those 38, Delaware County ranked one of 15 communities who achieved significant improvements in reading at grade-level.