Bright By Text – Getting the Word Out

Tips, info, and resources via text to support caregivers – HMGLI families love it!

Bright by Text is a texting service that provides free tips, information, and resources to help all parents and caregivers give every child a bright beginning. Bright by Text helps parents and caregivers make the most out of time at home with their children by illustrating fun and easy activities, providing positive parenting tips and resources, and even video content to guide a child’s development. The program is proven to build nurturing caregiver-child relationships, and positively impact a child’s healthy development and school readiness.

In addition to receiving expert content from partners, Long Islanders that sign up for the service will also receive information about local resources and opportunities from Help Me Grow Long Island.

For questions about how local organizations can utilize Bright By Text or to share your organization’s community resources and events on through Bright by Text, please email

Bright by Text – Community Message Form

Bright by Text – Community Message Guidelines

Simply text the letters HMG to the number 274448 to sign up!

Meet the Bright by Text Team

Bright By Text to celebrate with us at the Docs for Tots 20th Anniversary event!

Come meet Program Manager Tara Stingley at our upcoming November 9th 20th anniversary event in NYC!

CEO Katie Richardson, MD

Dr. Katie, as her patients affectionately call her, is a board-certified pediatrician and champion of childhood wellbeing. Having served on Bright by Text’s Board of Directors for the past 5 years, her passion for the organization’s mission and potential is unparalleled. A mom, entrepreneur, and savvy advisor to healthcare startups, Dr. Katie will provide the hands-on expertise of an experienced practitioner and healthcare leader–making her an ideal fit to lead Bright by Text into its next phase of growth and impact. 

Tara has been working in various systems within the early childhood sector for the last 12 years. She has a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from CU Denver and a teaching license in Early Childhood Special Education. Tara has spent time teaching in Early Head Start programs, providing Early Intervention services to children 0-3 in their homes through Part C, doing Child Find evaluations for Special Education eligibility and helping children in preschool classrooms meet their IEP goals. Tara now provides account management support at Bright by Text, working with partners across the country to maximize their impact within communities by connecting caregivers with critical resources and information.

Program Manager Tara Stingley

“I already signed up for Bright By Text & I signed my husband up too! He came to me one day about one of the message topics & we talked about it! Great service.”

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