Under the name Flint Kids Read, early childhood service providers in the education, library, university and medical communities are collaborating as members of the Flint and Genesee Literacy Network on a comprehensive approach to address the needs of Flint children with an emphasis on ensuring that every child in Flint will enter kindergarten healthy and ready to read. The purpose of Flint Kids Read is to provide children and childcare providers, teachers home visitors and parents access to age-appropriate reading materials to establish a strong educational foundation for early life. Flint Kids Read supports families and children through coordination of services, provision of training and language/literacy tools, family engagement activities, and with classroom and family support to ensure that Flint children are ready to succeed in school.
The Flint Kids Read program is coordinated with the internationally recognized Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and offers a comprehensive family literacy component. With the help of our local Imagination Library initiative Parents of children residing in zip codes 48501-07 and 48532 can enroll their child into the Imagination Library and receive a book each month to the home of each registered child (birth through five years of age) at no cost to the family. Children of different ages receive different titles; the books are carefully selected and are the children’s to keep.
(Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Partners in Flint)
If you are a parent of a preschooler living in zip codes 48501-07 and 48532 who is not registered for the Imagination Library, you are invited to enroll your child. If there is more than one preschooler in your family, each child can be registered separately and will receive his/her own book.
FKR offers technical assistance to educators and expertise surrounding literacy strategies and early literacy skills through the support of Literacy Coaches! Connect with our Literacy Coaches by contacting our Literacy Coordinator: Michelle McQueen, firstname.lastname@example.org, (810) 922-1707
The Flint & Genesee Literacy Network examines the impact of our Collaborative Strategies through performance measures that seek to address the following three Results-Based questions: How Much did we do? How Well did we do it? Is anyone Better Off?