The School Foundation partners with Bright by Text to Deliver Free Developmental Tips Directly to Parents
The School Foundation has teamed up with Bright by Text to bring the program to the Florence community! The program, already offered in Colorado, New York, California, and other communities around the nation, offers parents and caregivers expert tips and resources for children prenatal to age 8 right at their fingertips.
Did you know that in the early years a child’s brain is developing at a faster rate than it will at any other point in their life? The interactions that a child has with adult caregivers at this stage of their life set the foundation on which all later learning, behavior, and health depends.
“A child’s brain doubles in size the first year and is nearly full grown by age 5,” stated Catherine Sanderson, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP,NBPT-Literacy, with Florence 1 Schools. “During this early brain development period, important connections are made that will impact children for the remainder of their lives. With this knowledge, it makes sense for parents of young children to have expert information on brain development at their fingertips. Bright by Text brings information to parents in a manner that is easy for them to manage in their busy lives—quick and effective text messages. I am overjoyed that The School Foundation is providing Bright by Text for parents with children 0-8 years of age in the Florence 1 Schools attendance zone.”
Brittany Smith, a teacher in the Florence 1 Schools REACH Program stated, “As a teacher and first-time mom, I have really appreciated Bright by Text. I love how the texts are personalized for the age of my child and they are sent right to my phone regularly. Bright by Text has sent so many tips for reaching developmental milestones and updates on how my child is growing and changing.”
Bright by Text helps parents and caregivers make the most out of these interactions by illustrating fun and easy activities, providing positive parenting tips and resources, tips for aiding a child’s physical development, and much more. The program is proven to build nurturing caregiver-child relationships, and positively impact a child’s healthy development and school readiness.
In addition to expert content, Bright by Text includes messages about events and resources specific to the Florence community, like free museum days, health clinics, and preschool open enrollment periods.
To sign up, parents and caregivers with children under 8 can text the word SCKIDS to 274448. They will receive 2 to 5 text messages per week, and each message includes a link to a landing page with more detail, short modeling videos, and links to related resources. For additional information visit www.theschoolfoundation.org.