Start Smart Texas | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Start Smart Texas

Start Smart Texas gives busy parents the tools they need to be confident first teachers for their child. This free text service delivers quality child development information directly to parents’ phones, covering topics from early literacy, math, social-emotional development and other skills needed to succeed in preschool, kindergarten and early grades.

The program also sends texts with links to free events in their area. The tips, available in English or Spanish, help parents find learning opportunities in everyday situations. Parents can enroll by texting LEARN to 274448.

Results & Impact

Since the program launched in January 2018:


North Texas parents have enrolled serving 2,565 children


of participants said they would be “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to recommend the texting program to a friend


families receive texts in Spanish

Smart Start Texas is a partnership between:
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas • KERA • The Commit Partnership