Dolly Parton's Imagination LibraryToolkit 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.
Amid the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Mecklenburg County has continued to mail children enrolled in the Charlotte area a free, high-quality, age-appropriate book to their house each and every month. The...
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.
Get your tickets to the 2019 National Smart Start Conference. Registration for the nation’s largest conference devoted to early education systems and strategies is now open.This conference provides advanced professional development for early education leaders...
Shop for GOOD: How You Can Support Local Families with Young Children Imagine the following: having to choose between diapering and feeding your children; not being able to go to work or school because you lack the required number of diapers for your child to attend...
Our Year in Review: How You Can Support Our Mission Smart Start is more than a funder of child-serving agencies across Mecklenburg County. We are a collaborator, leader, and convener in Mecklenburg County’s early childhood space. Our team, together with the agencies...
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...