Literacy Programs

Motheread Literacy Initiative allows participants to gain critical literacy skills in a group structure that supports their own sense of worth and ability. These classes are appropriate for all adults, regardless of reading ability or prior educational experience. By teaching the “why” of reading rather than just emphasizing the “how,” classes also encourage parents to be reading role models for their children and increase the amount of time spent reading to their children.  Funding Source: Smart Start

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a FREE literacy program offered to every child in Anson County between the ages of birth and five.  Each month, the child receives a book delivered by mail to their home address.  There are currently 1035 children (of the approximately 1500 preschool children in Anson County) registered in the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  To register a child for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library click here or contact the Partnership office at 704-694-4036.  Funding Source: Private Contributions and Smart Start

Raising a Reader participants bring home a sturdy red bag filled with four high-quality, developmentally-appropriate, multicultural children’s books weekly. Over the course of the program year, families are exposed to a wide range of titles, providing them with both a mirror reflecting their own world and a window to the world beyond. Through initial training and ongoing support, Raising A Reader parents (even those with limited English proficiency or low literacy skills) learn how to engage their children in storytelling with picture books. The program includes an introduction to the public library, setting up families for a lifetime of book enjoyment.   Raising A Reader serves 325 children in 23 early childhood classrooms in Anson County, including the NC Pre-K program.  Participating centers include:  Anson Children’s Center, Central Center for Children and Families, Faison Head Start, Happy Days, Kids Express, Morven Head Start, Open Doors Center for Children, and Red Hill Preschool.  Funding source: Smart Start

Reach Out and Read Pediatric health care providers promote early literacy and school readiness by prescribing books and encouraging families to read together.  Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate this model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5.  Participating families read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills, better prepared to achieve their potential.  Participating local providers include:  Anson Pediatrics, Carolinas Primary Care and Anson Family Medicine.  Funding Source: Smart Start

Books For Kids provides book distributions to preschoolers and kindergarteners and encourages the development of early reading habits. Free books are distributed at local festivals and other community events.  Funding Source: Private Contributions and United Way