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August 2022
Imagination Library eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families
As of July 2022, 📚 971,038 books have been delivered to more than 26,939 children in Erie County.💯💰100% of Imagination Library program funds are raised by support to United Way of Erie County. Learn More and register an Erie County child under the age of 5 in your
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Kindergarten Registration 2022
Kindergarten registration is happening now! School districts across Erie County are beginning to register incoming kindergarten students. United Way of Erie County publishes a kindergarten registration flyer every year that lists important registration details for each school district. Keep an eye on our Kindergarten Registration page for 2022 updated registration details or reach out to your school district directly.
School Vaccination Requirements
This handy guide will help ensure your student has the right vaccines in time to start kindergarten this fall!

  • Four doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis
  • Four doses of polio
  • Two doses of measles, mumps and rebella
  • Three doses of hepatitus B
  • Two doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
Imagination Library Book Spotlight
Wonder Walkers
Micha Archer

When two curious kids embark on a "wonder walk," they let their imaginations soar as they look at the world in a whole new light.
They have thought-provoking questions for everything they see: Is the sun the world's light bulb? Is dirt the world's skin? Are rivers the earth's veins? Is the wind the world breathing? I wonder…

Young readers will wonder too, as they ponder these gorgeous pages and make all kinds of new connections. What a wonderful world indeed! Watch the read aloud!
Keep Your Family Going This Month!
Beat the Summer Slide
What is the "summer slide"?
Summer slide is the loss of learning that a child experiences during the summer months when school is not in session. Students who consistently experience learning loss each summer are on an average of two years behind their peers by the end of sixth grade.

This resource from United Way's Raising Readers shares ways to keep your kiddo learning during the summer months!
Quality Early Care and Education Help is Available!
Erie’s Future Fund wants more children to be prepared for success in kindergarten and life. The Fund provides scholarships to children from low-income families to attend a high-quality early childhood education program within Erie County.

Through the federal Head Start program, Child Development Centers offers a free, full-day preschool program to 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children that includes breakfast, lunch, snack, and transportation at select locations. Families can learn more about the Head Start program by calling 814-480-9505 or beginning their enrollment online at

If your family resides in Erie County, has an annual income at or below 185 percent of the poverty level and have a child who will be attending kindergarten in one or two years, your child may be eligible for these scholarships! Learn more about quality early care here.
Erie Family Center's Diaper Depot
Thanks to support from United Way of Erie County, the Erie Family Center's Diaper Depot is now countywide and expanding! Be sure to check out the Erie Family Center for complete information on upcoming Diaper Depot distribution events. Learn more
Help is one call away.

Please remember to dial United Way's 211 helpline when you need help or face times of uncertainty. A trained operator will connect you with information about financial assistance, counseling, food/clothing/shelter, health services, substance abuse and much more! It's always free and confidential.

You can also text your zip code to 898-211 to be helped by 211.
If you are not receiving books, or have a specific question about the Imagination Library please contact Joanna Peters via email or phone (814) 456-2937 ext. 233.