Helping Children Enter School Ready to Read
Reading with a preschool child is the single most important activity to help prepare that child for success in school.
Meaningful learning experiences in the years before kindergarten are key to closing the achievement gap - that is when intervention can have the most positive effect on a child’s learning trajectory. This period is critical and sets the stage for all later learning and adult functioning.
As many as 3,500 preschool children from low-income families in Williamson County do not have access to books because their families simply cannot afford to buy them. National studies have shown that 61% of low-income families do not have age-appropriate books for children in their home.
To a child, entering school unprepared can have long-term implications for their future success in school and in life. For a community, the financial costs associated with children entering kindergarten unprepared include:
- Increased need for student aid and remediation
- Special education and grade repetition
- Teacher related costs
- Impact on school safety due to delinquent behavior
United Way of Williamson County and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library are teaming up to provide books to preschoolers ages 0-5 years old who live in the boundaries of the 10 Williamson County elementary schools with the highest percentage of economically disadvantaged students.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library will mail one brand new, age appropriate book to every child enrolled in the program each month from the time the child is born until his or her 5th birthday. Parent education tips are printed in each book to provide ideas for parent-child reading interactions. This program is free to eligible families and is funded in full by gifts to United Way of Williamson County.
Preschoolers currently living in the boundaries of the following elementary schools may enroll in the program. Enrollment forms are available at the school office.
|Launch Date||Program Sponsor|
|Bartlett - Bartlett ISD||November 2014||United Way donors|
|Berkman - RRISD||October 2013||Round Rock & Sunrise Rotary Clubs|
|Bluebonnet - RRISD||March 2013||Round Rock & Sunrise Rotary Clubs|
|Carver - GISD||February 2014||St. David's Georgetown Hospital|
|Forest North - RRISD||March 2014||NW Austin Rotary Club & Forest North PTA|
|Mitchell - GISD||October 2015||United Way Donors|
|Purl - GISD||October 2015||United Way Donors|
|Robertson - RRISD||April 2015||Round Rock & Sunrise Rotary Clubs|
|Success HS||March 2015||United Way Donors|
|Johnson/Pasemann - Taylor ISD||August 2014||Taylor Rotary Club Members|
|Voigt - RRISD||August 2014||Round Rock & Sunrise Rotary Clubs, Chapparal Women's Club|
|Williams - GISD||December 2015||United Way Donors|
How You Can Help
To reach our goal of helping more children enter school ready to read and ready to learn, we need your help.
- Make a gift now to provide books for an economically disadvantaged preschooler in Williamson County. $25 provides one year of books for one economically disadvantaged student in Williamson County.
- Download a sponsorship form for your company or organization.
- Share this important work with your family, friends and co-workers.