Archives for July 2015

New data visualization tools available August 2015

Bright by Three will soon have a new resource available for early childhood advocates and supporters, as well as our partners across the state: data visualization tools that will allow for an detailed understanding of  data on parents, caregivers, and children under three in Colorado.

By providing user-friendly data tools that allow stakeholders to see and understand data, we hope to provide a vehicle for prioritizing infants and toddlers at the state, regional, and community level. According to ZERO TO THREE’s 2015 Colorado State Baby Facts, a significant percentage of infants and toddlers in Colorado live in low-income families. Of these, 26% live in a single parent home.

Bright by Three’s new tools will take this type of data and information a step further, by allowing you to pinpoint where infants and toddlers with risk factors are located and see a picture of where the greatest need lies. Risk factors include race, income, education level, language spoken at home, and parent marital status:

risk factors

In addition, partners and stakeholders will be able to see how many visits and other engagements are being conducted with parents and caregivers in their area. This type of data allows us to see how many individuals are receiving resources and tools to support their child’s healthy development through a visit, a text, an email, or another method:

engagements

Data will be updated in real time using Tableau software, making this an ongoing useful resource. The new tools will be available in August 2015 – stay tuned for updates. For questions or feedback on what type of early childhood data would be helpful for you, please contact Molly Brooks, Data & Design Specialist, at molly@bb3.org.

Bright by Three partners with Mi Casa Resource Center

Mi Casa Photo Bright Buzz 07-2015Bright by Three is excited to announce an innovative partnership with Denver-based nonprofit Mi Casa Resource Center, through their Customer Service career training program. Mi Casa offers training programs for individuals interested in updating their skills and launching careers in growth industries. Participants in their six-week Customer Service program will receive hands-on job training through Bright by Three’s Call Center beginning in August 2015.

Volunteers in Bright by Three’s Call Center enter data from enrollment forms and make calls to families for feedback on our programs and to help get them signed up for visits. The work of these volunteers is essential to helping us understand our impact across the state of Colorado. Mi Casa participants will provide Bright by Three with ongoing support in completing data entry and making calls, while simultaneously learning valuable skills that will help them launch a career in the customer service field.

“We are excited to be building our partnership with Bright by Three, as I think we can develop a powerful model for intensive training combined with on-site skills building for our participants,” says Anne Volcker, Employer Engagement Specialist at Mi Casa. “There is so much potential to create something really innovative – it’s quite exciting!”

Mi Casa participants attend Customer Service training courses at Mi Casa’s location in central Denver Monday through Friday. The group will be setting aside time during their six-week program to come to Bright by Three’s office on the Clayton Early Learning campus. Each day will have a different focus, including a volunteer orientation, a time to learn about Bright by Three’s mission and work in communities across Colorado, skill building in data entry, and call center experience. Approximately 10-15 individuals participate in Mi Casa’s Customer Service training program every six weeks.

To learn more about Mi Casa Resource Center, visit their website here. If you know of a great organization or a great volunteer for our Call Center, please contact Program Coordinator Jennifer Cajina-Grigsby at jennifer@bb3.org.

Join us for Bright Book Swap at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery

Book Swap Photo Bright Buzz 07-2015Join the Bright by Three Associate Board for a fun(d)raiser at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery on August 2! Enjoy some beer, brighten your library, win prizes and play games. For every beer sold, $1 will go to support Bright by Three.

For every children’s book you bring to this event, you can take home a “new” one to add variety to story time at home or in the classroom. Please ensure any books you bring are for children 0-5 years old.

No pressure to participate in the swap, simply come and enjoy the brewery and enter to win door prizes! Food will be available from the 5280 Sliders food truck. A portion of the proceeds from every beer sold and all remaining books will be donated to Bright by Three to help ensure all Colorado children have a bright beginning.

Sunday, August 2 
from 1-5 pm

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
1139 20th Street
Denver, CO 80202

RSVP for this event here. For any questions please contact Brittani Johnson, Events Manager, at brittani@bb3.org.

The Bright by Three Associate Board is a group of young professionals who share their time, talent and resources in order to promote, provide leadership, and raise visibility and funds to support our programs. Click here to learn more or to join.

Bright by Text chosen as Innovate for Good winner

Innovate Photo Bright Buzz 07-2015Bright by Three was honored to be selected by the Rose Community Foundation as a winner of their Innovate for Good contest for our Bright by Text program, along with eight other amazing and innovative projects making Denver a better place to live this year.

The Foundation asked the question, “What new and innovative idea would you bring to life to make the Greater Denver community a better place to live?” Over 400 submissions were narrowed down with the help of 130 community members based on the ideas’ innovation, creativity, feasibility, and ability to make a measurable difference within one year. Bright by Three and the eight other project winners were honored on June 18, 2015 at the Rose Community Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Governor John Hickenlooper and Sheila Bugdanowitz, president and CEO of the Rose Community Foundation, addressed the audience and shared the story of Rose working in the Denver community for 20 years. The announcement of the contest winners was made by Anne Trujillo of Channel 7News, with a video shown featuring each contest winner. Watch the video featuring Bright by Text below:

As an Innovate for Good winner, Bright by Three received $28,000 to help with further development of the Bright by Text program. Specifically, these funds will be used to localize early childhood resources, so that text subscribers can receive content relevant to their geographical area, as well as the age of their child. Local messaging may include childcare options, early literacy or storytime programs at local libraries, or health care and referrals that will direct families to nearby resources. In addition, content will inform families about free admission days and children’s events at the various cultural facilities in and around Denver, promote Denver’s Five By Five for Early Head Start families, and distribute health, nutrition, and education guidance. By combining news about free, nearby community resources that support healthy early childhood development with our existing content of learning games and parenting tips, Bright by Text will become an indispensable, highly unique tool for parents and other caregivers.

The goal of Bright by Three’s work and the Bright by Text program is to empower parents and caregivers with the tools they need to support the healthy development of children and prepare them for success in school and beyond. We would like to thank the Rose Community Foundation for selecting Bright by Text as an Innovate for Good winner and allowing us to provide Denver parents and caregivers with this essential support system.

For more information about Bright by Text, click here. To learn more about the Rose Community Foundation and their Innovate for Good project, visit their website here.