Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation
Our mission is to strengthen early literacy in Tennessee.
Host Jeremy C. Park talks with James Pond, President of the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation, who highlights the organization’s mission and efforts to strengthen early literacy in Tennessee. The foundation acts as a thought leader, advisor, and catalyst to sustain early literacy programs for children statewide. During the interview, James shares some of the history for the organization and talks about their five key programs, including Birth-5 Book Delivery through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Storybook Trails, Book Buses, Caregiver Engagement and K-3 Home Library. He discusses the importance of having books in the home, lessons learned during the pandemic, the impact of their programs, how the community can support their efforts, and more.