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Basics Insights

Science shows that 80% of brain growth happens in the first three years. Your child’s brain grows like a muscle, getting stronger as they connect with you and explore the world. The Basics PrinciplesTM are five fun, simple, and powerful ways to connect with your child and help them reach their full potential.

Basics Insights is a free text messaging program for parents & caregivers of infants & toddlers that sends science-based tips to boost your child's development. Learn More

to receive two messages each week until your child turns 3.

By providing your cell phone number you agree to enroll in the program and receive Basics Insights text messages from (423)228-2999. While there is no cost for enrolling, standard data and message rates may apply. You can cancel at any time by texting STOP to (423)228-2999. For help, email us at info@thebasics.org.

Science shows that 80% of brain growth happens in the first three years. Your child’s brain grows like a muscle, getting stronger as they connect with you and explore the world. The Basics PrinciplesTM are five fun, simple, and powerful ways to connect with your child and help them reach their full potential.

The text messages offer ideas for using these five Basics Principles in everyday moments.

The text messages offer ideas for using these five Basics Principles in everyday moments.

MAXIMIZE LOVE AND MANAGE STRESS to stay emotionally present for your child. Your support strengthens their emotional health and self-control skills.

TALK, SING, AND POINT to boost your child’s language development and knowledge of the world.

COUNT, GROUP, AND COMPARE to help your child make sense of the numbers and categories all around them.

EXPLORE THROUGH MOVEMENT AND PLAY to encourage curiosity, discovery, and a healthy body.

READ AND DISCUSS STORIES to build your child’s knowledge, reasoning, and early literacy skills.