Campbell’s preschool teachers have strongly endorsed the program. For Jan McConnell, who has been teaching preschool for 34 years, said she believes Imagination Library encourages parent-child interactions over reading. “That will serve them well their entire lives,” she said.
Jessie Hall, a preschool teacher who also has a daughter who receives books through Imagination Library, said she values the program so much because it encourages her daughter, Sophia, and others to pay more attention to books and be less obsessed with electronics.
Hall said the program encourages children to rely more on their imaginations.
Lisa Jackson and her 4 year-old son, Sam, have loved the program. Laughing, she explained that there are times when she has to hide the books when they arrive because they are too busy doing something else at that time.
“He wants to run right to the book and doesn’t want to wait,” she said.
She said his favorite books are the “ABCs” and “Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom.”
Lisa said Sam appreciates all of his books and knows that they are his. “Children can never have too many books,” she said.
Mock said that the research on the positive effects of having children read with their parents is conclusive.
She said that birth to 5 years are the most critical times for children to develop reading as a habit and to learn. Children’s brains during that time are the most active for sensory, language and cognitive development.
Plus, she said statistics show that children who have trouble reading in the 3rd grade are less likely to graduate from high school.
She said the costs of the program is $25 per child.
For more information about the program, including how to sign up or how to make donations, please contact www.ymvunitedway.org or visit 330-746-8494.