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Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County partners with national parent texting program

Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County press release
Press Contact: Christina Blackwell, christina.blackwell@jcisd.org (517) 990-8015

February 16, 2021

Jackson, MI – Today, the Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County 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. The Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County is proud to offer a unique resource like Bright by Text as children are learning from home and families find it difficult to 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 informational messages and resources specific to the Jackson County community, such as family-friendly events, digital library resources, food pantries, and preschool enrollment.

"Throughout the past few years, we have heard time and time again that parents would like to receive quick, simple, and age-appropriate information on their child, sent electronically," says Christina Blackwell, from the Great Start Collaborative. "We live in an electronic age and parents are busy. Bright by Text offers what families in Jackson County are looking for, with links sent in texts that lead to additional information that families can review at their leisure. With the addition of community partner messages going out to Jackson County families, this is a definite win for all,” says Blackwell.

Bright by Text help 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. Parents and caregivers can feel assured that they are receiving important local announcements and information in Jackson County thanks to the Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County and its partners.

To sign up, parents and caregivers with children under 8 can text the word GREATSTART to 274448. 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.

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