Imagination Library Expands In Verde Valley
The opportunity for a Verde Valley-wide program came this year when the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona awarded the Rotary Club of Sedona a $25,000 grant to partially fund the first year of expansion.
This start-up funding has prompted the Rotary Club of the Verde Valley (in Clarkdale/Cottonwood) and the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks to help register children for the program and develop a plan for future funding. Libraries in Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Camp Verde have teamed up with the Sedona and Beaver Creek Libraries as the primary locations for parents to register children. Northern Arizona Healthcare is helping to register all newborns in the Verde Valley. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Project Head Start (both federal programs focusing on the well-being and development of children under five years old) will expand their efforts to register
Simultaneous Imagination Library Launch events are planned at the libraries in Camp Verde, Clarkdale and Cottonwood August 20 from 10 am till noon. Parents can bring their babies and preschool children to be registered for the free books.
Over 90% of a child's brain development occurs before a child enters kindergarten. The Verde Valley Imagination Library works together with other community programs to help parents become the first teachers. The goal is to have every child in the Verde Valley ready to succeed in school.
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