Colquitt County Schools Partners with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

Colquitt County Schools Department of Pre-K & Early Learning announces the Imagination Library (DPIL) launch. Each month, the Imagination Library will provide an age-appropriate book for each registered child in Colquitt County, absolutely free to the family. The United Way of Colquitt County awarded the Department of Pre-K & Early Learning a Community Impact Grant to help launch the DPIL. 

The United Way supports and creates community-based and community-led solutions to issues concerning health, education, and financial stability in the community. United Way Executive Director Caroline Horne said, "Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides an efficient and effective strategy to promote literacy and a love of reading in Colquitt County. I am thrilled this valuable resource will be available to parents and children in our community".  The grant will be used to provide the capital needed to fund books for each child over the next three years.

Ben Wiggins, Superintendent of Colquitt County Schools, shared, "The United Way and the school district have a long history of working together to enhance the lives of each student, their family, and our employees through various programs. We are very appreciative to Mrs. Horne, her board, and UW supporters for helping us bring this vital new resource to the community."

Improving early childhood literacy with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library creates opportunities for children to thrive and succeed in school, helping their communities grow and prosper. Dr. Nick Chastain, the Director of Pre-K & Early Learning for Colquitt County Schools, stated, "We are focused on improving the outcomes for all children in Colquitt County. While improving children's literacy skills by the third grade is our most pressing goal, this program aims to help Colquitt County invest in early childhood development. Research indicates every $1 a community invests in early childhood education yields a 13% return on investment per child annually through better education, economic, health, and social outcomes".

To register your child, please visit