The Alabama Partnership for Children (APC) has developed a mobile-app version of The Handbook for Alabama Parents … because babies don’t come with instructions. This mobile app will serve as a new way for service organizations to connect families in Alabama with the many vital resources available to them throughout the state.
“APC publishes a print version of The Handbook for Alabama Parents and updates it every year. It was developed through the collaborative efforts of state agencies and partners serving young children and families,” said Gail Piggott, APC executive director. “The goal is to provide new parents and families with every resource in the state they may need to support the healthiest start in their child’s life.
“The mobile app puts the information in the palm of your hand from prenatal care through your child’s developmental milestones during those critical early years . We hope that every family can now have access to this free resource,” Piggott said.
The app, which is available for download in Google Play and the Apple Store, is completely free and provides helpful information with active links to websites and phone numbers. Anyone with a smartphone can quickly and efficiently access helpful information and available services for families, especially for new parents and those caring for very young children. Because it is digital, it can be updated in real-time when any changes need to be made so that users have minimal delays when reaching out for help.
The Alabama Parent Manual app was developed by OCVapps, a division of OCV, LLC. The app offers quick access to items of interest and is easy to use. In just a few clicks, users can find information in the manual on topics such as:
- Pregnancy and infant care
- Your child’s development
- As your child grows
- Disability and the family
- Family Resources
Users can also easily search for information in the app and receive important alerts from the Alabama Partnership for Children.
“Over 80 percent of people in the United States own and use smartphones as their primary means of communication,” OCV Vice President Kevin Cummings said. “Mobile apps offer agencies a better way to alert, inform and prepare the public. Apps allow public and private agencies the ability to reach and serve families where they are: on their smartphones.”
To find and download it, search “AL Parent Manual” in your app store directly from your phone. For questions or any technical issues, call 334-271-0304.
OCVapps specializes in mobile app development for public health and public safety organizations across the country. Developing more than 500 apps, OCV designs and creates custom apps for state, county and local government agencies.
The Alabama Partnership for Children is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for Alabama’s children from birth to 5 years of age. This public-private partnership focuses on finding ways to use the state’s limited resources most efficiently to ensure that every Alabama child will have the opportunity to succeed in life. For more information, visit AlabamaPartnershipforChildren.org.