Colorado professionals who serve prenatal to one families convened this week to continue the conversation on supporting families during the time of COVID-19.
Bright by Text shared information on their free text messaging service, which offers tailored information on child development, local support services, and community events to families prenatal to eight. Registered families receive two to four messages per week--in English or in Spanish-- with a link to a landing page, where they can dive deeper into the message’s topic. By providing their child’s date of birth and their zip code at registration, families receive developmental information tailored to their child’s age and information on support services and community events happening in their local area.
During COVID-19, Bright by Text has adapted their messaging to include information on things like access to food, distribution of diapers and other baby supplies, and virtual activities hosted by public libraries. Bright by Text also allows organizations to leverage its platform to send information about events and resources to families.
Find more information and see examples of messages sent by Bright by Text here.
Download this PDF to learn more.
Reach out to Tara Stingley ,if you are interested in using Bright by Text to promote resources to your community.
Help families sign up for this invaluable service by encouraging them to text ‘GREATCHILDHOODS’ to 274448 or fill out this web enrollment form,
The group was also joined by Raise Colorado, who shared that COVID-19 led them to switch gears from focusing on prenatal to three policy advocacy to providing mini grants to direct service organizations in order to support the immediate needs of families brought on and heightened by the pandemic. They also shared the ongoing approach they have taken since their inception to translate their commitment to anti-racism into action and offered tools such as this resource on The Four I’s of Oppression and this tool for creating an Equity Rationale to empower others to do the same.
To find a detailed record of the information and resources shared by Bright by Text, Raise Colorado, and other attendees, see the notes from the conversation.
If you are interested in sharing how your organization is adapting your support of families during COVID-19 at one of these conversations, please reach out to Cassie Davis.
Keeping Prenatal to One Families Strong during COVID-19
Tuesday, July 28th
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Over the last several months, Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families has hosted a series of conversations on Keeping Families Strong during COVID-19. Hundreds of family-strengthening professionals from across the state of Colorado have come together to share resources and innovations and work together to problem-solve the ongoing challenges of adapting their support of families to the ever-evolving context and needs that have arisen due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Thus far, the conversations have been broad, including discussion on families at all stages. For the upcoming conversation on June 23rd, the focus will shift to hone in on the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families’ focus of families prenatal to one.
In alignment with this shift, the Partnership is excited to welcome Tara Stingley, Program Associate at Bright by Text, who will share information about the work they do to support families prenatal to one and how they have adapted this support amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bright by Text program provides research-based information on child development – plus information about local events and resources – to Colorado parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age 8 in both English and Spanish.
Join the conversation to hear more from Tara about the service as well as how families can sign up for it!
Discuss your Ideas and Experiences Translating Anti-racism into Action.
Additionally, the Partnership knows that risk and protective factors for family well-being are not randomly distributed among families and communities. They are closely linked to the uneven distribution of wealth, opportunities and privileges that have been created and continue to be fostered by historical and systemic racism. Thus, it is imperative to continuously examine how implicit bias and explicit discrimination continue to shape the current systems and services and engage in continuous course-correction with an anti-racism and anti-discrimination focus. For the upcoming conversation on June 23rd, please be prepared to discuss your ideas and experiences with translating your commitment to anti-racism into action.
Keeping Prenatal to One Families Strong During COVID-19
Tuesday, June 23rd
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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