(COLUMBIA, SC May 18, 2020) – Family Connection of South Carolina (FCSC) and the South Carolina Department of Education have launched a new program called Text 2 Read for parents of preschoolers. Parents can use their cell phone to text T2R to 734-5BOOK52 (734-526-6552) to receive free weekly text messages offering practical tips and activities to promote reading readiness. Texts are created from South Carolina’s early learning standards and are segmented for early preschoolers, 36-48 months old or older preschoolers, 48-60 months old.

“Text 2 Read is a confidential, easy-to-use resource for parents to help prepare their child for Kindergarten and becoming ready to read” said Amy Holbert, CEO of Family Connection of South Carolina. “Parents and caregivers play an important role in supporting their child’s literacy development. This program is aimed to improve reading ability, comprehension and language skills of young learners and promote interaction between parent and child.”

Text 2 Read also provides parents with information to monitor their child’s growth and developmental milestones. Parents can sign up for the program starting May 18th. Messages will be sent each Friday at 3:00 p.m. starting on May 22nd.

Family Connection of SC is South Carolina’s Parent Training Information Center (PTI), offering workshops, community events and parent-to-parent support to connect parents with services their child may need. For more information on Text 2 Read or Family Connection services, please visit www.familyconnectionsc.org or call 1-800-578-8750 or Para Espanol 1-888-808-7462.

About Family Connection of South Carolina

For 30 years, Family Connection of South Carolina has been changing lives by making connections, raising awareness, and promoting inclusion for those with disabilities and healthcare needs. We offer programs and services to ensure that parents, professionals and caregivers have access to available resources to help their children reach their full potential. Our work focuses on five key areas: Parent Support, Healthcare, Education, Training and Advocacy. For more information visit www.familyconnectionsc.org or call 800-578-8750.