New Free, Bilingual App for Families: The Building Blocks of Parenting 


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Parenting is one of the most challenging and important jobs there is. And parents need all the support they can get – especially during this current health crisis.

The new Building Blocks of Parenting™ (BBP) App provides parents with easy access to information, resources, and supportive connections to help them promote their children’s learning and healthy development. IT’S FREE! It’s available in English and Spanish on both iOS and Android platforms.


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About the App

Grail Family Services launched the BBP App on March 4, 2020 in partnership with FIRST 5 Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara County Office of Education/Head Start.

Because 90% of a child’s brain develops by age 5, early experiences, relationships and environment all play important roles in development. The BBP App builds parents’ capacity to support their child’s healthy development by providing access to:

  1. The latest research in child development and family-strengthening information

  2. The ability to connect with other parents to create a supportive community

  3. A checklist of research-based child developmental milestones

A Resource During the COVID-19 Crisis

The app was designed and developed with a goal of closing the information gap and providing equity of access for parents to valuable child development information and resources. 

Because of the digital divide that affects underserved communities, many of the families only have access to the Internet via their smartphone. During the COVID-19 crisis, the BBP App is being used to send notifications to families about resources for basic needs, the latest COVID-19 information, activities they can do with their children, free access to digital books, and much more.

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