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Success By 6 of Kankakee County - Strategic Plan 2019

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Several years ago, community leaders recognized that Kankakee area children were not entering Kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. Out of this realization, Success By 6 was started as a collaboration between the United Way, the Community Foundation with support from a host of other partners from schools, hospitals, community organizations and government. Success By 6 is an early childhood initiative that works to ensure that all Kankakee County children 0-6 have the positive and enriching experiences and positive parent-child relationships necessary to begin school ready to succeed.

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Success By 6 and the United Way recently became a partner for "Text4Baby." Text4baby is the first mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health through text messaging. Text4baby is a free service!

Women who text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 receive three free text messages a week, timed to their due date or their baby's birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday. The messages address topics such as labor signs and symptoms, prenatal care, urgent alerts, developmental milestones, immunizations, nutrition, birth defect prevention, safe sleep, safety, and more. Text STOP to discontinue messages or HELP for help at any time.