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Reading with Dolly Parton and Doctors

How might we leverage the visits to the Dr.'s office during the first 5 years of life to insure children are off to a healthy start? Many have probably heard of this program that Dolly Parton started in 1995. This organization sends a book a month to any kid aged 0 - 5. By the time a kid turns five, they have 60 books! I've heard from a pediatrician and the Parent Child Center on success of this program. When I saw Molly's post about Reach out and Read, which is integrated into the doctor visit that a little one will have in the first five years it made me think of the imagination library.

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Certain things to notice with each program: 
1.  The books are free --- making it easier for parents to participate
2.  Parent's can find out about the program or access the program during their visits to the doctor.  During the first few years of life visits are so frequent -- In Vermont there is a 1 week, 2 week, 1 month, 2 month, 4 month, 6 month, 9 month, 12 month, 15 month, 18 month, 2 year, 2 1/2 year, 3year, 4 year and 5 year.  

Here is a link to the program: http://www.imaginationlibrary.com/

How might we leverage the visits to the Dr.'s office during the first 5 years of life to insure children are off to a healthy start?

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Photo of Chioma Ume

Hi Catherine, great question – that leads me to another – who are other people in communities that children spend time with regularly? Have you come across ways that they are supporting the development of children under five?

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There are certainly others -- I'm definitely on a Dr. kick right now, however, this afternoon we're going to visit Otter Creek Childcare Center which is a daycare/Pre-K center for little ones. More soon!

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