Docs for Tots/Help Me Grow – Long Island Becomes a National Partner of Bright By Text
Children can keep learning at home thanks to our new partnership with Bright by Text!
On behalf of Help Me Grow – Long Island, Docs for Tots 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. We are proud to offer a unique resource like Bright by Text as children are learning from home and families can’t access the services they need. The texting service includes topics like brain development, games and activities, health and wellness, STEM, safety and more. Bright by Text partners with experts like PBS, Vroom, Sesame Street, CDC, and others to develop content for families with children aged prenatal to age eight.
In addition to expert content, Bright by Text includes messages about information and resources specific to the Long Island community, like digital library resources, food pantries, and preschool open enrollment periods. Community organizations across Long Island will submit the latest information about services and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with Bright By Text to extend the reach and impact Help Me Grow – Long Island can have with the families that we serve,” says Docs for Tots’ Executive Director Dr. Liz Isakson. “The coupling of Bright By Text with our work is a natural fit!”
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. Innovative services like Bright by Text will help provide equitable solutions to early education while schools remain closed. Parents and caregivers can feel assured that they are receiving important local announcements and information on Long Island thanks to Docs for Tots and the Help Me Grow – Long Island partnership.
To sign up, parents and caregivers with children under 8 can text the word HMG to 274448 or sign up here. They will receive 2 to 4 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. Long Island families will also receive community specific messages.
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Bright by Text® is a Colorado non-profit that provides tools in communities across the U.S.
for lifelong learning and success to parents and caregivers of children ages 8 and under.