Thanks to a continuing partnership with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), Imagination Library reaches more low-income families in communities all over Alaska.
AHFC and Best Beginnings launched the new initiative on March 30, 2011 in a lively event at Park View Manor, a public housing complex in Anchorage. AHFC makes it easier for families in public housing to register their children in Imagination Library by distributing enrollment forms with welcome letters and annual renewals. AHFC contributed $5,000 to help Imagination Library continue its mission, and followed up with another $5,000 in 2013 with proceeds from their golf tournament.
“AHFC is thrilled to partner with Best Beginnings so that young children in public housing and voucher programs can hop on the Imagination Library bandwagon,” former AHFC CEO Dan Fauske said at the time. “In those communities that have Imagination Library, families in public housing with children from birth to their 5th birthday will be invited to enroll.”
AHFC has also put its staff in touch with the local Imagination Library volunteers, making it easier to keep children enrolled if families move.
There are now 29 local Imagination Libraries in Alaska, reaching more than 20,700 babies and young children in more than 100 communities. Each child receives a new, high-quality, age-appropriate book every month at no cost to the family.
Local Imagination Library volunteers help raise funds and also organize family activities related to books and early literacy. Partnerships such as this one with AHFC help everyone accomplish more for our children. If your company, organization, or department wants to join in the effort, please let us know.
This article originally appeared in the Best Beginnings June 2011 E-newsletter and was updated in September 2013. Please refer to our Content Reproduction Policy if you are interested in reproducing content provided on this website.