Family Connection of South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Education have launched a new program called Text 2 Read for parents of preschoolers. Text 2 Read (T2R) is a free mobile information service. It offers parents ideas for no or low cost language and literacy activities to help foster literacy development and prepare their child for Kindergarten. Parents receive texts once a week at 3:00 each Friday.
Parents can sign up by texting T2R to 734-5BOOK52 (734-526-6552) to receive free weekly text messages offering practical tips and activities to promote reading readiness.
Text messages and included activities are aligned with South Carolina Early Learning Standards and are geared toward either young preschoolers, 36 – 48 months, or older preschoolers, 48 – 60 months.
Literacy texts are built from essential Kindergarten skills and the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment by the SC Department of Education and reviewed by parents to ensure parent-friendly language and presentation.
In addition, parents will also receive texts to help them identify developmental milestones. If a parent is concerned about their child’s development, an Ages and Stages Questionnaire will be sent to them via text. A Family Connection Early Childhood Specialist receives any completed ASQs and follows up with families to aid in child find efforts by connecting child to the appropriate Local Educational Agency.
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.