Skip to main content Skip to secondary navigation

Text-Messaging Programs to Support Parents and Caregivers

Main content start

The Tips·by·Text programs are text-messaging interventions designed to help parents, caregivers, and educators support their children’s development. The programs break down the complexity of parenting and caregiving into small, achievable steps, and provide continuous support and reinforcement.

Initially designed for parents of preschool-age children to help them prepare their children for kindergarten, Tips·by·Text has expanded to reach informal caregivers of young children, as well as parents and caregivers of children ages 0-6 and middle school students, across the country and internationally.

Tips·by·Text promotes literacy, math, and social-emotional development for younger children, and school engagement and broader wellness for older children. The programs are scalable, affordable, and easily implemented. Further, they are flexible enough to be differentiated in a variety of ways, such as through content, frequency, and timing. Currently available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic, they can be readily translated into other languages.

Download brief