More than 300 children enrolled by DHS in literacy program

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee’s Department of Human Services says it has enrolled more than 300 Tennessee children in a program that aims to improve child literacy.

The department says The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, together with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, is available to children from birth to 5 years old in Tennessee.

Once a child is enrolled, a new book is mailed every month at no cost until the child turns 5.

More than 240,000 Tennessee children are receiving books. The program allows parents to read to their children and engage in learning opportunities. Books are age appropriate and include reading comprehension activities and suggestions.

The enrollment initiative, which started in January, supports the Governor’s Drive to 55, which aims to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or certificate.

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