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New community initiative provides early childhood parenting tips by text

Future Ready Columbus is committed to ensuring that every child enters kindergarten ready to learn and thrive, as well as to excel academically, socially, and emotionally. To achieve this goal, the nonprofit organization has partnered with Bright by Text to help parents and caregivers nurture children from birth to eight years of age. If you’ve ever wished parenting came with a manual, this free service will help you understand what children need for success during the most pivotal stages of development by providing bite-sized tips and resources via text message. Anyone caring for a child can learn more about this initiative and sign up online at


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Otterbein University endorses citizen science COVID-19 symptom tracking activity

Otterbein University is encouraging individuals to participate in citizen science by downloading the COVID-19 symptom tracking app. Anyone interested in learning more about this initiative is invited to click the following link to an article about this important effort, which includes a link to the app itself.


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Westerville Public Library offers ways to read, explore while staying home

Now through May 18, Westerville Public Library is offering an opportunity for families and their children (up to age 11) to complete missions by exploring books, art, your home, your neighborhood, and even the library. Options include both offline and online activities like scavenger hunts, reading challenges, and more…visit the following link to get started. The WPL is also offering new ways for kids ages 6-11 to enjoy events all from their home. Use the following links to learn more, register, and receive an email full of online and hands-on activities: