We all benefit when children thrive
Families, communities, businesses, governments – we all benefit when children start school with the skills they need to learn and thrive.
But sadly today 22% of Australian children start school ‘developmentally vulnerable’ – a statistic that is even higher for children living in low socio-economic areas. Research shows that if these children start school behind, they’re likely to continue on a poor developmental trajectory at school and in later life.
We believe that the postcode people are born in should not determine their destiny, that the causes of entrenched community disadvantage in Australia are complex and that no single organisation can solve these issues alone. We need to work together to ensure every child can learn at school and thrive in later life.
Our goal is that children are successful learners and healthy in the early primary grades, so they can thrive at school and in later life.
Here’s how with your support, we’re working to give thousands of children across Australia the chance of a brighter future.
While it’s a well-known fact that quality books help build early literacy skills and spark imaginations, the benefits of shared reading can be much more profound.
In fact, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has enormous benefits across a range developmental areas, as one mum discovered. We first heard from Mae, mother to then 3-year-old Evan, in 2014. Close to tears, Mae told us how Evan was not communicating with his peers and teachers at childcare or meeting his developmental milestones. We immediately signed Evan up to his local Imagination Library in West Ryde.
Meet the Cohens
The monthly highlight of the Cohen household? The Imagination Library book delivery day, which guarantees joy and excitement when the mail arrives, and a night of imagination for the family.
Jane – then three – was one of the first children signed up to the Imagination Library when it opened in Ryde in 2014. When he was born the following year, her little brother Xavier was signed up at just eight weeks old.