About Ferst

Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy is a 501c(3) Non-Profit Organization whose mission it to develop literacy among young children. Early reading experiences enhance children’s chances of becoming successful students, and ultimately, educable members of the area work force.

Funds raised are used to provide FREE, new, quality, age appropriate books for registered children in our county between the ages of 0-5. These books are for ALL children in Carroll County regardless of race, religion, or financial need. Books are mailed to children each month. Currently, we are providing books for over 3,000 children monthly and our registrant base is still growing.

Donate here or order free books for your child here.



Ferst Works in Carroll County

In 2015, University of West Georgia faculty studied the scores of Carroll County children on the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) assessment, an important indicator of first grade readiness. They found that significantly more kindergarteners who had received Ferst books for four years exceeded expectations on five measures of reading readiness than those who had not received the books. To read the full study, click here.