300 N MAIN ST., STE. 300
PLEASE NOTE: We only accept registrations for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library from children birth to age 5 who reside in the Middletown Community Foundation's service area: within the Middletown, Monroe, Edgewood, Madison, and Franklin School District boundaries. This includes some neighborhoods that have Hamilton, Lebanon, or other zip codes. Although the online system will accept any resident's registration from within these zip codes, we will review the address to determine whether or not you live within the Middletown, Monroe, Edgewood, Madison, or Franklin School District and only registrations within those districts will be accepted. Unfortunately, the program is not offered at the present time in the communities surrounding the Middletown Community Foundation service area.
The Middletown Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter in Franklin, Madison, Monroe, Trenton, and Middletown (northeast Butler County and northwest Warren County in the Cincinnati metropolitan area of Ohio).
Our vision is to serve as a community leader, catalyst, and resource for philanthropy. Our mission is to secure permanent and growing assets for the area's changing needs.
We achieve this by funding projects, programs, and scholarships that benefit education, the arts and human needs; creating, pursuing and executing initiatives targeting immediate community needs; and offering donors a variety of tax-deductible options, large and small, to participate in the future development of our community.
In furtherance of this mission, we chose to bring Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to the city of Middletown in 2008 as a response to local entering kindergarteners performing very poorly on literacy tests, with their average score being among the lowest in the state of Ohio. The Community Foundation stepped forward as the program's administrator and primary funder in partnership with the community's three private foundations and its largest service clubs, Rotary and Kiwanis. In the several years we have overseen this program, students in Middletown entering kindergarten have, on average, scored 8 percent higher on their entering kindergarten literacy assessments if they enrolled in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library versus those who did not register to receive the books. In addition, the percentage of economically disadvantaged children in our community who scored in the lowest tier of the literacy assessment for kindergarten decreased from 50 percent of low income children to just 30 percent within five years of launching the program here.
In April 2011, we added Madison, Monroe, and the Trenton areas to our program in partnership with the United Way's Women Living United (now the Community Foundation's Women Enriching Lives committee), expanding again to include Franklin in June 2014. From 2011 through early 2014, the Middletown affiliate was the largest Imagination Library chapter of the three dozen communities participating at that time in the state of Ohio. We passed 150,000 books delivered to local children in these communities in February 2016.