Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Toolkit for Parents


Building Good Reading Habits

Begin reading to your child immediately. It may seem silly to read to very young children, but it will help you bond with your child and establish an important foundation for future learning. The earlier you start, the better the results!  Learn more by clicking the age-specific reading tips, provided by CMS and Read Charlotte.

Birth to 2 Years

Ages 2 – 3 Years

Ages 3 – 5 Years 


Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Helps with Kindergarten Readiness

Children who are read to early in life are better prepared for school. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has been shown to significantly increase the time parents and caregivers spend reading to their children each week. Learn more about preparing your child for kindergarten by selecting a reading tip.




Other News

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Did you know that one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese? Being overweight or obese can put kids at risk later in life for diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers. It’s not too late for the child in your life, though! We want to give you the information you need to help keep your family healthy. Here are a few ideas for the entire family getting started on the road to better health.

GPS – Water Safety

GPS – Water Safety

Saturday, June 12  | 10am - 11am Water delivers a multi-sensory experience! From the feel on our skin to the reflection of light to the classic smell of the ocean or pool…..our children with autism are bombarded with learning opportunities. Stephanie Tomalis, Program...

GPS – Music and Movement

GPS – Music and Movement

Tuesdays, June 15 - August 10 | 2:30pm - 3:00pm 601 E. 5th St. Charlotte, NC 28202Training Room 1 *no class on July 13This in-person, fun, 8-week program for children with special needs, ages 3-5, designed to increase social and foundational skills through the rhythm...