Developed by Dr. Susanna Loeb (Brown University), Tips by Text is a set of evidence-based text-messaging programs designed to help parents, caregivers, and educators support their children’s early development. The texting program breaks down the complexity of parenting and caregiving into small, achievable steps, and provides continuous support and reinforcement. The program is designed for parents of preschool-age children to help them prepare children for kindergarten by focusing on early literacy, math and social-emotional development.
Until recently, Tips by Text has not been tested in a clinic setting. Drs. Lisa Chamberlain and Janine Bruce recently conducted a RCT in a local federally qualified health center to examine the impact of Tips by Text early literacy text messages on preschool-aged children not enrolled in preschool
Parents of 3 and 4-year-olds at SCVMC were enrolled in a randomized-control trial with a 9-month SR texting intervention that included 3 texts per week (Ex. texts below). Parents were randomized into intervention (received texts) or control groups (no texts)
Parent child interaction inventory (PCI); Phonological awareness and literacy screening for preschoolers (PALS-PreK); Provider Trust; Qualitative themes
Early finding suggest that this clinic-based text messaging intervention can increase child literacy among 4-year-olds and promote greater parent engagement in early learning activities at home
Contact : Lisa Chamberlain, Medical Director or Janine Bruce, Program Director