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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Community Resources

Community Impact

Quality child care creates a strong community foundation that supports not only children and families, but serves as a catalyst for economic development. The YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) supports the community with efforts to educate businesses, child care providers, families, and others on the importance of quality early care and education. Businesses need employees. Employees need quality child care. It's a win-win situation.

Quality child care:

  • Strengthens a community
  • Reduces employee absenteeism and improves employee productivity
  • Assists in recruitment of reliable employees
  • Attracts and retains businesses
  • Improves school readiness

For more information, call and speak to one of our specialists.
Toledo Region: 800.632.3052
Lima Region: 800.992.2916
Mansfield Region: 855.548.9598

Business Center

The YWCA CCR&R provides access to multiple business support services for child care providers. Business Center resources available at each CCR&R office location include:

  • Access to computers, printers, internet, scanners, copiers and a variety of other business equipment to assist in your office operations
  • Business consultation for child care providers
  • Training and assistance with starting a child care business
  • General technology support
  • Assistance with SUTQ application and submission
  • Child Care Provider Templates
  • Assistance with Program Self Assessments
  • Annual Business Summit
  • Community resources for small business

Community Library

Have you been looking for new activities or themes for the children in your program? Need help with parenting strategies? Our Resource Library can help! We offer a variety of free resources and services to support child care professionals, parents, children and the community in the Resource Library.

  • Borrow our activity prop boxes to introduce new themes into your classroom, like music or help the children in your program learn about beaches with our Beach Prop Box.
  • Create learning materials with our Cricut and Ellison Die Cut machines or create a book with our book binder. You can also laminate small or large materials using our lamination machines.
  • Our experienced staff is available to assist child care providers with laminating, the use of paper crafting equipment, and checking out activity prop boxes, CD's, DVD's and books.
Contact your Local YWCA CCR&R Office for a list of available materials:

Toledo: 419-255-5519
Lima: 419-225-5465
Mansfield: 419-775-5179 


The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a vital literacy program in Allen County.

Dolly Parton launched her Imagination Library to foster a love of reading among preschool children and their families  by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family's income. 

Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to over 80,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom! Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to over 1,000,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton's Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library:


  • Equips parents to promote literacy at home
  • Fosters the love of reading by providing the gift of a specially selected book each month
  • Assists children with school-readiness and better prepares them to enter kindergarten
  • Ensures that every child can have books, regardless of income
  • Offers family literacy fun groups held 3 times per month to model literacy activities for parents and children to try at home 

 The YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral is proud to be an affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for Allen County. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Allen County makes a difference, 1,500 families at a time!

For more information please contact the YWCA CCR&R in Lima at 419-225-5465.

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Disclaimer: YWCA Child Care Resource & Referral does not license, endorse, or recommend
any particular provider nor can assure you that any provider gives quality care. 

Mansfield Region: Serving Crawford, Marion, Morrow, and Richland Counties
Lima Region: Serving Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam, Van Wert, and Wyandot Counties
Toledo Region: Serving Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Williams, and Wood Counties