Texting service will offer advice, resources to parents

LONGMONT, Colo. -- A program will text parents about free activities, games and resources in your area.

Codi Jahn is a Longmont mother of three and when her son Carson was born last year, she signed up for Bright by Text.

She gets two to three texts per week that are targeted to her son’s age and her ZIP code.

“They just send quick little tips,” Jahn said.

For example, she’ll get texts about free events at museums, ways to soothe a crying baby, new foods to introduce or games to play that encourage development.

“It’s just nice little reminders,” she said. “It’s really handy.”

The program was started by Bright by Three, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Colorado families have bright beginnings.

The nonprofit said 85 percent of a child’s intellect, personality, and social skills are developed in the first three years of life.

All parents can use some help navigating these years.

Vice president Jared Wigdor thinks the texting program is making a big difference.

“All the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development  that happens during the critical earliest years of life, (we're) helping parents understand those stages of development and support them with free activities and tips and resources," he said.

The tips come from pediatricians and child development experts, and they are meant to support Colorado families with kids up to five years old.

To sign up for Bright by Text, text “BRIGHT” to 274448.