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Text4Baby Spring Newsletter
The Oregon Health Authority has just released a Spring Newsletter for the Text4Baby program, in an effort to gather partners to help encourage the use of Text4Baby by Oregon agencies and families. Oregon is ninth from the bottom of all states in the percent of families who have used the service since it was launched in 2010.
Parenting Success Network, a project of LBCC’s Parenting Education Dept., has become a Text4baby partner. We are working to promote the use of this free texting service for pregnant women and moms with babies under age 1. Available in both English and Spanish, moms who sign up get 3 free texts per week on health topics like pregnancy signs and symptoms, developmental milestones, nutrition and feeding, safety, early literacy and more. Text messages are timed to mom’s due date or baby’s birth date.
Text4baby’s power lies in its ability to get the most essential health information to mothers in need quickly and easily using a technology they regularly use. Over 85% of Americans have cell phones, including 75% of people with incomes less than $30,000. According to a Pew 2011 national survey, 95% of very young adults (18-24) own cell phones, and 97% of these people text.
Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter
The OSU Hallie Ford Center and the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative have just released the July 2015 issue of the Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter. This month’s issue has articles on staying safe this summer, including important information about leaving children in cars, hydration, and supervising your child during playtime, monitoring screen time, and some “fun with your kids” popsicle ideas.
2015 Summer Camps and Programs for Kids with Special Needs
The following camps target kids with special needs. Go to their websites for more detailed information. You can also contact your local Parks and Recreation Department or OSU’s KidSpirit Camps (http://kidspirit.oregonstate.edu/summercamp) for information about camps available to the general population. Overnight camps fill up quickly; however, you can still get on waiting lists.