The Ferst Foundation and ELC are offering a FREE book program now available to children ages 0-5 in Nassau county. Each month your child will receive one age-appropriate book in the mail along with a Leap into Books parent’s newsletter that includes community information, book guide and activity page specific for the book you receive.
Families receiving school readiness services through the Early Learning Coalition qualify for this wonderful free program. To enroll, all you have to do is complete the registration form and return it in person or mail it to your local Episcopal Children’s Services One Stop office. The Episcopal addresses are listed below. Once you have registered you will start receiving your first book within 8-12 weeks.
Talking, reading and signing with your child, especially in the first five years, is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do to prepare him/her to become the best possible learner when he/she enters school. Children who start kindergarten with reading experiences are happier and more successful students all through school.
We hope you will take part in this program. To learn more you can visit the Ferst Foundation website at: www.ferstfoundation.org.
You must register through Episcopal Children’s Services only.
Nassau County One Stop – Episcopal Children’s Services
C/O Career Center • 96042 Lofton Square Ct, Yulee, FL 32097 • 904-432-0009 ext. 2626
Program questions can be directed to Literacy Outreach Manager Joan Whitson at 904-342-2267 X 202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note, the program is NOT available in Baker, Bradford, Putnam, St. Johns or Clay counties. See below for other county programs.
Putnam, Bradford, Baker, Clay and St. Johns Counties
What is it?
Dolly Parton’s Imagination library is a 60 volume set of books beginning with the children’s classic “The Little Engine That Could”. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. Best of all it is a FREE GIFT! There is no cost or obligation to your family.
Who is Eligible?
Preschool children ages birth to five who are residents of an eligible area of North Florida. Eligible area include the Baker, Bradford, and Putnam Counties and the following zip codes: 32043 and 32073 in Clay County and 32095 in St. Johns.
What Are My Responsibilities?
- Be a resident of an eligible area of North Florida.
- Submit an official registration form completely filled out by parent or guardian. (Form must be approved and on file with Hunger Fight, Inc.)
- Notify Hunger Fight, Inc. any time your address changes. Books are mailed to the address listed on the official registration form. If the child’s address changes, you must contact Hunger Fight, Inc. at 2395 Dawn Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207, 904-374-5623
- Read to your child.
When Will I Receive the Books?
Eight to ten weeks after your registration form has been received, books will begin arriving at your home and will continue until your child turns five or you move out of an eligible area of North Florida.
You can register online at: www.imaginationlibrary.com or you can pick up a registration form at any of our Episcopal Children’s Services One Stop offices.
Baker County One Stop – Episcopal Children’s Services
418 8th Street, Macclenny, FL 32063 • 904-259-4225
Bradford County One Stop – Episcopal Children’s Services
1080 North Pine Street, Starke, FL 32091 • 904-964-1543
Putnam County One Stop – Episcopal Children’s Services
821 State Road 19, Palatka, FL 32177 • 386-385-3450
St. Johns County One Stop – Episcopal Children’s Services
5 Clark Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084 • 904-770-2565
Clay County One Stop – Episcopal Children’s Services
1845 Town Center Blvd., Suite 150, Orange Park, FL 32003 • 904-213-3939