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Early Reading Programs



Providing Free Books To Ashtabula County Children

FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH THE END OF THIRD GRADE STUDENTS LEARN TO READ.  AFTER THAT THEY READ TO LEARN.  This one factor, the ability to read proficiently at the end of third grade, has long-term implications.  Students who don't read at grade level at the end of thrid grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school.

United Way of Ashtabula County has made a commitment to improving the early reading skills of pre-school children.  When young children own books they have opportunities to read, to acquire knowledge, to build vocabularies and the skills necessary for success in elementary school and in life.  That is why we provide free books to preschool children through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and Reach Out And Read.  We are assisted in this effort by all of the public libraries in Ashtabula County and local pediatricians.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

How does the program work?   When preschool children enroll they will receive a new free book in the mail every month until their fifth birthday.  The language and themes of the books will change as the child ages.

How much will it cost? The program is free to any child under five who lives in Ashtabula County.  If you wish to make a donation to offset the $30 annual cost you can do so by clicking on the red DONATE button.

How do I enroll my child?  There are 2 ways to enroll.     1. Print this  FORM  and take it to your local public library.     2ENROLL ONLINE HERE.


Reach Out And Read

The United Way and local pediatricians have teamed up with Reach Out And Read to provide free books to young patients.  Our physician partners provide an age appropriate free book during regular appointments and speak with parents and guardians about the importance of early reading and how it benefits young children.

The Reach Out And Read program is free for any patient of our partner physicians courtesy of the the financial supporters of our United Way.


Dr. Evan Howe and Dr. Sathish Adigopula participate in our REACH OUT AND READ program.

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