Four Montana Counties Partner to Bring Free Developmental Tips and Local Events to Parents’ Cell Phones with Bright by Text Program
Did you know that a child’s brain develops faster in early childhood than it will at any other point in their life? In fact, 90% of brain development happens by age 5. The interactions that a child has with adult caregivers at this stage of their life set the foundation on which all later learning, behavior, and health depends.
The Early Childhood Committee has teamed up with Best Beginnings coalitions in Big Horn, Dawson, and Yellowstone Counties to bring Bright by Text to Carbon County! The program has launched in several other states and offers parents and caregivers parenting tips, developmental texts and local resources for children prenatal to age 5.
Bright by Text helps parents and caregivers have positive interactions with their young children by illustrating fun and easy activities, providing positive parenting tips and resources, tips for aiding a child’s physical development, and much more. The program is proven to build nurturing caregiver-child relationships and positively impact a child’s healthy development and school readiness.
In addition to expert content, Bright by Text includes messages about events and resources specific to Carbon County such as: health clinics, preschool enrollment periods, and free events for families.
To sign up, text 406Parents to 274448. You will receive 2 to 5 text messages per week, each message includes a link to a landing page with more detail, short modeling videos, and links to related resources. 92% of parents who enrolled in Bright by Text said they felt more confident as a parent! For more information, contact The Red Lodge Area Community Foundation @ 406-446-2820 or email: Lisa
CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN OUR COMMUNITY!
Contact Lindsey Hoffmann for more details and to report volunteer hours. (406)426-0419
Assist at the museum with data entry, artifact sorting, storing and help with 3rd floor renovation/clean out
Process inventory, maintain store, deal with customers.
Inventory and label equipment, set up for events, help with special projects around the property
Organize photos, data entry, website development, outdoor trail work
Three-day backpacking trip up West Boulder. Use tools to clear trails, wilderness education on Leave no trace, fire ecology, bear safety and education on land management careers.
Assist with festival logistics and labor
1-2 creative individuals to put together materials aimed at engaging little learners ages 2-5. Come up with 5 different themes and gather 2 books and 1-2 activities
Assist at the gallery with data entry, special events, care of gallery and art.
Marketing and social media promotions for local farmers market.
Foster and care for animals in need
Maintenace and ground care.
Help with middle school robotics team “Battle of the Bots” Learn to operate 3D printers, use small hand tools, use laser cutters.
Text/call Lindsey at (406)426-0419 or email Lindsey
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What’s Lunch in the Sun you ask? Lunch in the Sun is a program that helps ensure that youth (up to 18 years old) receive a nutritious meal in the summer months when school is not in session. The program invites youth of all ages to come to the pool, relax, enjoy a great meal, make a new friend, and participate in fun activities.
The Lunch in the Sun program has flourished in the community and is now being run by local charity organizations feeding the community youth three days a week at the pool. This program takes away the worry many children feel in the summer about being hungry and fuels their summer fun!
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Summer Food Service Program 40th, Red Lodge has been highlighted in the Montana Summer Food Service Program Report Card! Read the full report.
Finding childcare in Red Lodge is a struggle for some families. Affording quality childcare can leave parents in a tight place, forcing some families to choose between childcare and daily expenses. Quality childcare encourages social and emotional growth enabling an easier transition into kindergarten.
The Carbon County Young Families Committee has established The Early Childhood Grant, through the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation. This grant provides funding to early childhood programs families might not otherwise afford.
The advantages gained through early childhood education cannot be made up for later in life. When we invest in children we invest in our future.
Donations to the fund are encouraged, checks can be dropped off at the Foundation or submitted online at www.rlacf.org/donate.
The Grant Committee is accepting applications. You can find a printed application in the entryway of the Foundation or online. The committee honors a 72 hour response time for grant requests. Funding will be given out on a first come, first served basis. Please apply below.
Our school district achieves a high percentage of students who graduate, as well as supporting undergraduate programs around Montana and nationally. The goal of Youth Career Readiness is to boost Red Lodge’s career readiness efforts by partnering with local businesses and the schools to create a means for students to explore and gain hands-on experience in vocational opportunities that may suit them.
With your help, we can grant our students access to ‘the real world’ of productive employment and, hopefully, discover their passion!