Archives for April 2015

Bright by Three Presenting at RMECC: Using Technology to Improve Caregiver-Child Engagement in Early Childhood

RMECC for Bright Bulletin

Bright by Three is presenting at the annual Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference Friday, April 17, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Christopher Price, Vice President & COO, and Tresne Hernandez, Director of Program & Evaluations, will discuss how Bright by Three has used technology to improve caregiver-child engagement in early childhood, focusing on our Bright by Text and Colorado Talks Back programs.

Since Bright by Three was founded as Bright Beginnings in 1995, three things stand out:

  1. People increasingly choose to communicate via technology
  2. Research has further confirmed the critical importance of the first three years of life
  3. The essential role of parents and caregivers in a child’s development impacts language acquisition and overall health, which can lead to gaps in school readiness

While Bright by Three will continue to offer our traditional visitation program, we have evolved to serve even more families and improve outcomes for children. Bright by Three has integrated a new texting platform and LENA (“word pedometer”) technology into our program offerings.

The in-person home and group visits and the hands-on support for families provided by our volunteers and partners is critical. We know technology can greatly enhance our efforts to reach parents and caregivers of very young children.

Nearly 90% of adults have a cell phone, and 98% of cell-phone users can access text messages. And text messages are opened 95% of the time. That means by sending tips that are timely and targeted to a child’s age, as well as the caregiver’s needs and profile, Bright by Three can greatly increase exposure to our positive parenting messages. Particularly for harder-to-reach populations, text messaging holds promise.

To learn more, join us for Bright by Three’s presentation on Friday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m at the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference or contact Tresne Hernandez at tresne@bb3.org.

April 17 Open House: A Celebration of Our Partners & Volunteers

Open House for Bright BulletinJoin Bright by Three on Friday, April 17, for an Open House happy hour from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at our new location on the Clayton Early Learning campus in northeast Denver — 3605 Martin Luther King Blvd. Click here to RSVP.

The Open House is an opportunity for the Bright by Three team to recognize and give thanks to the many wonderful partners and volunteers who play a key role in delivering the Bright by Three program to families around Colorado.  It’s also a chance to explore the historic Clayton Early Learning campus and learn about this hub for early childhood research and programming.

Along with drinks and appetizers, the Bright by Three Open House will feature tours of the historic Clayton Early Learning campus and the Educare Center.

“We are excited for the opportunity to further align and integrate our efforts to ensure every child in Colorado is ready for a lifetime of learning and success. It is a privilege for Bright by Three to be a part of this historic campus with such a long history of serving Denver’s children,” says Bright by Three CEO Jean McSpadden.

Please feel free to bring friends and colleagues from your organization who would be interested in learning more about Bright by Three – all are welcome. Click here to RSVP.