Did you know that 85% of a child’s intellect, personality and social skills are developed in the first 3 years of life? Since babies don’t come with an instruction manual, all parents need a little guidance on how to make the most of these critical years for their children.

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County is partnering with Bright by Three, UNC-TV, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to provide Bright by Text; a text message tips program for parents and caregivers of children under 5 (including grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, and nannies). Messages are targeted to the specific age of your child and include information on child development, early literacy, health, and safety, as well as local events happening in your community.

Sign up for free by texting “CONNECT” to 274448 and start receiving messages right away!