Douglas County Georgia

Living. Growing. Prospering.

Ferst Foundation Douglas County

Karen Emory
P. O. Box 2219
Douglasville, Georgia 30133
Phone: 770.949.1726

Imagine a young child receiving a book in the mail every month until the age of five. At the youngest age, this child will hear words read to them. As they grow older, they will learn the words. Before the age of five, they will be reading the words. This child will have a better chance at life because they will be able to read when entering school, and isn't that what we want for all children?

The Ferst Foundation Douglas County seeks to place books in the hands of children in our County so that they will become more productive adults. It costs only about $180 for a child to receive an age-appropriate book every month of their formative years. All books are age-appropriate and selected by a board of educators. Funding is provided through private donations, corporate sponsorships, and grants. There is no cost to any family.

Can you help? Will you help?

Please make a donation. Here's a link to donate on-line (please select Douglas County from the Community section):

Click Here to Donate On-line

or contact us at the e-mail address or phone number listed above.

100% of all donations go to purchase books for children. All administrative costs are paid with other fund sources.

To the right is an informational and donation brochure, so please download it and spread the word.

We are available to speak to civic groups, and to answer your questions. Just ask!


Critical Need
The first 2000 days of a child's life from birth to kindergarten are critical. We want every child ready to read proficiently. We want every child to perform well in school. We want every child to graduate from high school on time. We want every child to grow up prepared to compete in the global economy.

  • 61% of low-income families don't have a single book in the home suitable for a child.
  • The single most significant factor influencing a child's early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.
  • Young children who are read to regularly by their parents develop better literacy skills, are better readers when they reach elementary school, and are more likely to succeed academically.
  • 37% of children arrive at kindergarten without the skills necessary for lifetime learning.
  • Children who are not reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade are much less likely to graduate from high school.
  • The number of age-appropriate books in the home can be a stronger predictor of literacy and academic achievement than family income.

Ferst Foundation
The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public foundation with the mission to make a difference in early lives by "providing books for local communities to prepare all Georgia preschool children for reading and learning success."

Donations to the Ferst Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent of the donor's personal tax qualification.

Ferst Foundation Headquarters

Informational Brochure - 743.6KB


Ferst Foundation
Ferst Foundation Douglas County is part of the Ferst Foundation non-profit corporation.

Get Adobe Acrobat Reader To view PDF files, Download Adobe Acrobat Reader