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Region A Partnership for Children, a partner in the Smart Start Network, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) are working together with community partners to get books into the homes of our youngest children in the far western counties of North Carolina. DPIL is a book gifting program for children from birth to age five. The mission of the program is to foster a love of reading in preschool children and ensure that every child born has specially selected books, regardless of their family’s income, delivered straight to their home. Children enrolled receive a book every month at no cost to the family until their fifth birthday.
Through this Smart Start Expansion, children in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties who did not previously have access to the DPIL program are now elible to enroll and receive a free book each month through the Region A Partnership for Children Smart Start program. Families can find out about availability of the program in their zip code and enroll their children at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library -Registration
During the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina state lawmakers included $3.5 million in the first year of the budget and $7 million in the second year for the Smart Start network to offer free books through DPIL to children across the state. “I’m thrilled that my Imagination Library is going to be offered to so many children in North Carolina” stated Dolly Parton, the founder of Imagination Library. “Working together we can help children dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.“
The Region A Partnership for Children received Smart Start Expansion funding to launch the DPIL program in the seven far western counties to serve an additional 2066 children this year in previously unserved zip code areas. Janice Edgerton, Executive Director for the Region A Partnership for Children stated,
“We understand that early literacy preparation is foundational in our efforts to ensure that all children have the opportunity to achieve their full and greatest potential. We’re so grateful to our state legislators for their vision in partnering with the Smart Start network to advance early education through enhanced early literacy initiatives such as DPIL.”
To find out more about the NC Smart Start and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library partnership and availability for your zip code, visit
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The Region A Partnership for Children is the non-profit organization that manages Smart Start and NC Pre-K programs along with other early education, health and family support initiatives for young children and their families in the seven westernmost NC counties and the Qualla Boundary. Smart Start is a statewide network of early childhood partners that ensures that young children have a strong foundation for starting kindergarten.
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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program for children from birth to age five. The mission of the program is to foster a love of reading in preschool children and ensure that every child born has books, regardless of their family’s income.
Smart Start is a network of 75 nonprofit local partnerships that serve all 100 North Carolina counties. This network is led by The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC) that ensures fiscal and programmatic accountability, and coordinates the statewide network to create better outcomes for children and families.