Bright by Text

KidTalk Language Scrapbooking for Science has teamed up with Bright by Text, a national parent texting program, to put expert tips, games and child development information directly into the hands of caregivers. The FREE subscription texting service includes topics like brain development, games, health and wellness, safety, COVID-19 related information, and more. We are proud to offer Bright by Text to support parents and families while children are learning from home. To sign up, click here or text the word KIDTALK to 274448.

Keep reading for our press release about KidTalk's partnership with Bright by Text.

KidTalk Language Scrapbooking Partners with Bright by Text to Deliver Developmental Games and Tips Directly to Parents for Free

College Park, MD – On Monday, September 28, 2020, KidTalk Language Scrapbooking announced it has teamed up with Bright by Text, a national parent texting program, to put expert tips, games and child development information directly into the hands of parents and caregivers, with content focused on prenatal through age eight. The program is also offered through PBS station partners in Arizona, California, New York, North Carolina and Texas.

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 through trusted and valued content from PBS. 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 recipient's community, such as counseling services, food pantry pick-up locations, workshops on supporting children during online learning, and parenting classes. The KidTalk team is working with the University of Maryland Office of Community Engagement to partner with local non-profits to bring Bright by Text to our College Park community. Gloria Aparicio Blackwell from the OCE said of the partnership, "Who we take care of is a reflection of who we are as a community. COVID-19 gives us opportunities to reimagine work that benefits the common good."

To sign up, parents and caregivers with children up through age 8 can click here or text the word KIDTALK to 274448. They will receive 3 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.

*Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 274448 to stop. Text HELP to 274448 for help.

According to the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, 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 sets the foundation upon which all later learning, behavior, and health depends. “Adult caregiver interactions in the early years of life are so critical for child development,” said Bright by Text President and CEO Jean McSpadden. “We want parents to have the best research-based information right at their fingertips.”

This work is funded by the National Science Foundation

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