Imagination Library for Ohio
So, what is the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and how can you use it?
Across the state of Ohio, there are men and women who struggle to read a food label, follow their doctor’s written instructions or read a bus schedule. Each of these individuals is just one of the 36 million American adults who are considered functionally illiterate. Thus, literacy helps in predicting a person’s ability to succeed.
Ohio Literacy Statistics
A child who can’t read well is four times more likely to drop out of high school before graduation. The United State Census reports that 10% of Ohio adults do not have a high school diploma. At the same time, according to Seeds of Literacy, an adult literacy center in Cleveland, 87% of the jobs available on OhioMeansJobs.com are closed to someone without a high school diploma. This drastically decreases the chances of someone who is functionally illiterate from finding a job that will give them the independence to support themselves and their family.
But, can we change that? Some say education serves as the path out of generational poverty. Literacy plays a large role as well.
Developing literacy begins at birth. Studies show that a child’s brain reaches 80% development by age three. By the time a child enters kindergarten, they must already know thousands of words in order to succeed in the classroom. Do you wonder what the best way to ensure a child has the knowledge needed to succeed? Reading aloud and giving them access to books works.
Ohio Imagination Library
That’s where the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library comes in. Imagination Library aims to send every child in Ohio a new book every month until they turn five. The governor partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Research shows that a child with 25 books in their home completes an average of two additional years of schooling compared to their peers without books in their home. Overall, they hope that every kindergartner starts school with 60 books in their home.
Together we will ensure that all Ohio children can have the gift of literacy to succeed in school and beyond. For more information please visit their website.