Bright by Three Partners with PASO Program

PASO Bright Buzz 05-2015 2Bright by Three works with over 700 partner agencies all over the state of Colorado to deliver our kits of evidence-based materials to parents and caregivers of children aged 0-3.

One of our newest partners is the Providers Advancing School Outcomes (PASO) program, which is part of Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition. The new partnership with PASO enables Bright by Three to reach more families of Latino origin in the Aurora, Lafayette, Longmont, and Boulder areas.

PASO’s purpose is to provide professional development in early childhood education to Latino Family, Friend and Neighbor child care providers in order to “promote school readiness for Latino children, birth to 5 years old and to prevent the achievement gap between Latino and non-Latino children before they enter Kindergarten.”

PASO’s Program Trainers, referred to as “Proveedoras” or “Providers,” visit the homes of caregivers to answer questions and discuss how to apply their training to the care and education the caregivers are providing to the children. The goal is to ensure children are cared for in the most nurturing, educational environment possible.

Forty of PASO providers will deliver Bright by Three’s program materials to the families they work with. Bright by Three is thrilled to be working with such an incredible organization that is helping to bridge the achievement gap between Latino and non-Latino children in Colorado.

To learn more about the work PASO is doing in Colorado communities, visit coparentcoalition.org/paso.

If you are interested in becoming a partner agency of Bright by Three, or if you have ideas of potential partners we should approach, please contact Jennifer Cajina-Grigsby at jennifer@bb3.org.

Bright by Text Continues to Grow

Text Bright Buzz 05-2015Bright by Text is our new educational text-messaging system. It’s free and easy to sign up — just text “BRIGHT” to 444999.

Recently, Bright by Three added Spanish-language messages to the Bright by Text system, as well as an additional campaign focused on the health, safety and development of children under 36 months.

To receive Bright by Text messages in Spanish, simply text “BRILLANTE” to 444999.

Bright by Text launched in November 2014 with 100 learning games messages — simple at-home activities that research has shown support healthy child development. This initial campaign sparked strong interest.

The feedback we received from Bright by Text users has been consistent: 1-3 messages per month simply isn’t enough! People wanted more.

We have been working hard to adapt the rest of our evidence-based program materials into digital format — 130-character text messages and mobile-friendly landing pages.

This month, we added the new health, safety and development campaign to the system, which means caregivers signed up for Bright by Text will receive a parenting tip, a learning game or another resource by text between once and twice a week.

Soon Bright by Three will complete the conversion of the rest of our program materials, including a language development text campaign for caregivers of children aged 12-24 months and a positive guidance/discipline campaign for caregivers of kids aged 24-36 months.

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If you have any questions about Bright by Text or want more information, please contact Katharine Brenton at katharine@bb3.org.

We need volunteers!

Volunteers Bright Buzz 05-2015Looking for meaningful volunteer work? Bright by Three offers opportunities to work with families and support our program including delivering home visits, collecting donated items for our upcoming silent auction, conducting follow-up calls and doing other administrative work.

All volunteer opportunities are flexible to fit your schedule. Don’t see yourself in any of the current volunteer roles but want to support Colorado’s youngest children? Call us! Together, we can develop the perfect volunteer experience for your interests and availability.

Here are Bright by Three’s top volunteer needs:

Community Visitor
Community Visitors works coach parents and caregivers to help them support the healthy development of very young children through use of Bright by Three’s research-based materials. Visitors deliver Bright by Three’s story books, learning games, parent handbooks, and resources in one-on-one, small group, or large group settings.

Required Skills: Basic computer skills, love for children, Spanish-language skills a plus.

Silent Auction Outreach
Working closely with our Events Manager, this volunteer will help solicit donated items for the 2015 Goodnight Moon Gala silent auction. This year’s event will celebrate Bright by Three’s 20th anniversary at the Seawell Grand Ballroom on Saturday, November 14. In addition to auction item outreach, volunteers can also assist with sponsorship procurement and a variety of day-of-event activities.

Required Skills: Good communication skills, organized, team-oriented.

Call Center & Customer Service Associate
Call Center & Customer Service Associates support our program operations and evaluation. Specifically, they conduct data entry, perform phone surveys with program participants, and call program participants to schedule program visits. This is an excellent opportunity to prepare for employment through hands-on experience in a call center, using the latest in call center technology.

Required Skills: Good communication skills, basic computer skills, friendly, personable, organized, Spanish-language skills a plus.

To sign up or for more volunteer opportunities, visit brightbythree.org/volunteer.

 

Save the Date: 20th Anniversary Goodnight Moon Gala on Nov. 14

Gala Save the Date Bright Buzz 05-2015Mark your calendar for the celebration of a milestone! For 20 years Bright by Three (formerly Bright Beginnings) has been helping parents and other loving caregivers of children aged 0-3. That makes this year’s 20th Anniversary Goodnight Moon Gala more special than ever.

We invite you to participate in a festive evening with donors, volunteers, partners and colleagues who have played an important role in the growth and development of Bright by Three since our founding in 1995.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 14 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom. An evening featuring very special honorees Dr. Steve Berman and Dr. Christopher Ott will celebrate the past, present and future of Bright by Three.

Entertainment will be provided by the live band HomeSlice and the event will be emceed by Emmy award-winning journalist and CBS4 News anchor Jim Benemann.

Saturday, November 14, 2015
6:30-7:30 Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:30-9:00 Dinner and Live Auction
9:00-11:00 Dessert and dancing

Seawell Grand Ballroom
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
511 16th Street | Denver, CO 80202

RSVP and learn more at brightbythree.org/gala.

 

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.

Bright by Text Launches in Spanish, Additional Campaigns

Spanish Launch for Bright BulletinBright by Text, Bright by Three’s educational text-messaging service, is now available in Spanish!

Bright by Text sends text messages with learning games, parenting tips and local resources that are targeted to the age and developmental stage of a child under 36 months. By texting the keyword “BRILLANTE” to 444999, parents and caregivers can sign up the messages in Spanish. (English speakers still text “BRIGHT” to 444999.)

Bright by Text launched in late 2014 with a campaign of 100 learning games messages delivered over 36 months. This month, Bright by Three is adding an additional campaign of messages in English — Health, Safety and Wellness. This will bring the total number of messages in the system to 240 (6-7 messages per month over 36 months). The Health, Safety and Wellness campaign and will be available in Spanish by the summer.

The Health, Safety and Wellness messaging campaign is adapted primarily from Bright by Three’s Parent Handbooks, which are included with each of our kits. It also includes 36 oral health tips, created in partnership with the Delta Dental Foundation of Colorado.

Bright by Three aims to work with our partners across the state to develop additional campaigns, bring in expert content, and localize messages for Bright by Text users based on where they live and the programs offered in their community. So stay tuned!

Tell your families that they can sign up for this free service by texting “BRIGHT” to 444999 for English-language texts or “BRILLANTE” to 444999 for Spanish-language texts.

If you are interested in learning more about Bright by Text or working as a volunteer to support this new program, contact us! E-mail Katharine Brenton at katharine@bb3.org or call 303-433-6200 ext. 104.

Bright by Text is in the news!

How parents are using text messages to improve their kids’ brains – Colorado Public Radio

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.

 

BB3 Moves to Clayton Early Learning Campus

Clayton for Blog 2.11.2015Bright by Three is now located on the campus of Clayton Early Learning, a statewide leader in early childhood education, research and training.

Bright by Three moved its headquarters in January from 7th Ave. and Colorado Blvd. to its new space on the Clayton Early Learning campus at 3605 Martin Luther King Blvd.

“The Clayton Early Learning campus is a hub for early learning, and Bright by Three is honored to be part of this movement,” says Jean McSpadden, BB3’s CEO. “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.”

Bright by Three’s new location houses employee workspace, training space and a call center where volunteers enter data and conduct surveys with program participants.

“Bright by Three is a critical component of Colorado’s efforts to improve outcomes for our youngest children,” says Clayton Early Learning President and CEO Charlotte Brantley in a recent press release. “We could not be happier to have them join our campus, giving us the opportunity to strengthen the joint efforts between our two organizations.”

Bright by Three had been interested in moving to the Campus for years, and when the opportunity arose in late 2014, BB3 jumped at the chance.

“By relocating to the Clayton Early Learning Campus, 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,” says Jean McSpadden.

BB3’s new address: 3605 Martin Luther King Blvd., Denver, CO 80205

Our phone number is the same – 303-433-6200 – but staff extensions have changed. Click here to view the new BB3 staff extensions.

Bright Night Out Comedy Show – April 28

Need a night out? Leave the kids with a babysitter and join Bright by Three for an evening of laughs and adult beverages. Parents of all ages are welcome!

100% of the cost of every ticket sold supports Bright by Three’s efforts to give every Colorado child a bright beginning. Tickets are $50 each and going fast! Click here to get yours today.

Bright Night Out 
Featuring the Pump & Dump
April 28 – doors at 6:30, show at 7:30
Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret – 1601 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202

The Pump & Dump Girls girls (Shayna Ferm and MC Doula) perform a hilarious, “parentally incorrect” show that combines comedy and music to highlight the lighter side of parenting. Click here to check out some clips of the Pump & Dump show on YouTube.

Contact Brittani Johnson for sponsorship information or questions. Brittani@bb3.org or 303-433-6200 ext. 106

Text “BRIGHT” to 444999

Bright by Text for Bright BuzzGet weekly parenting tips and learning games delivered right to your phone!

Bright by Text is a new educational text-messaging service from Bright by Three that sends weekly text messages targeted to the age and developmental stage of a child age 0-3.

By simply texting the keyword “BRIGHT” to 444999, parents and caregivers can sign up for weekly tips, tools and resources to support healthy child development.

Bright by Text messages include:

  • Learning games to help develop physical and cognitive skills
  • Health, nutrition and wellness tips
  • Tools to stimulate language and early literacy
  • Info on on child development
  • Local parenting resources

Each Bright by Text message links to a mobile-friendly landing page with more information.

By the end of March, BB3 will launch Bright by Text in Spanish, and parents can text “BRILLANTE” to 444999 to receive Spanish-language messages.

BB3 is also working to add more English-language messages to the system. By mid-April we will add a health and wellness campaign. Bright by Text messages currently come every 10 days; the goal is to send between 1 and 2 messages each week.

If you are interested in learning more about Bright by Text or working as a volunteer to support this new program, contact us! E-mail Katharine Brenton at katharine@bb3.org or call 303-433-6200 ext. 104.

Bright by Text is in the news!

A New Medium for Early Literacy Tips: Texting – Chalkbeat Colorado

Text Messages Give Parents Ideas for Teaching Children – CBS4 Denver