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Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Gus the Learning Bus

Read for the Record

Week of the Young Child


Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Smart Beginnings is pleased to coordinate a regional DPIL program through the United Way of Central Virginia.  The program is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five.  We are offering this program to children residing in the city of Lynchburg and surrounding counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell.  To enroll your child, submit the request below and an application will be emailed to you.  















Yes, I'm interested in DPIL


Literacy Bus Program


SBCV's s Gus the Learning Bus can be seen visiting neighborhoods each week, guiding parents through pre-literacy and learning activities with their children.  The bus may also participate at task force events, community programs and on-site events hosted by local businesses.  To request the bus at an event, contact Smart Beginnings.

Where is Gus?

Gus is traveling weekly, in partnership with Campbell County Public Schools to two neighborhoods, Locust Gardens and Twin Oaks on alternating Tuesday mornings. This will continue through the summer months into the fall, then take a hiatus during the winter.

You can also find Gus in these places:

Amherst County Fall Festival

Day in the Park

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Raintree Community Day

Forest Lions Health Fair at the Salvation Army

and more!


Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.


Week of the Young Child was established in 1971, recognizing that

the early childhood years (birth through age 8) are the most important in

preparing children to learnand be successful in school and later in life.


Each SBCV Task Force plans local activities to celebrate Week of the Young Child.

When is Week of the Young Child?            Usually the first or second week of April.

Week of the Young Child

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make our 2019 Week of the Young Child celebration a big success!

Also thank you to all participating vendors and activity sponsors:

Amazement Square

GLC VAaece

The Cotton Candy Lab

Lynchburg City Schools

Hutcherson Early Learning Center

Holy Cross Regional Catholic School

Elizabeth's Early Learning Center

Rivermont Early Learning Center

Mary Bethune Academy

Kinder Woods

Soccer Shots


Community Access Network

Johnson Health Center

Read for the Record
Read for the Record

Jumpstart's Read for the Record is an international campaign to bring young children together with caring adults to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world.


Read for the Record Day takes place in October of each year.  Volunteers in the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell, and the city of Lynchburg read the designated  book in public schools, libraries, family day homes, preschools and child care programs.


Smart Beginnings coordinates this effort in Central Virginia.



4,000 children were read to in 2013

5,450 children were read to in 2014

4,776 children were read to in 2015

6,500 children were read to in 2016

6,000 children were read to in 2017

8,006 children were read to in 2018

An $8.00 donation provides a new copy of the book to a class in Central Virginia.

Delegate Garrett at Linkhorne Elementary