PREPPED Kids is a web and mobile application designed to help low income families more easily access preschool and pediatric (hence PREPPED) services in their local communities. We chose these specific domains because together they support the healthy development of children and both have similar types of administrative hurdles for under-resourced families - particularly if parents have low literacy and/or low English proficiency. This web app is interactive and makes use of publicly available information from education, health, and social service agencies. A unique aspect of the application is that it provides an opportunity for individual preschools and pediatric offices to update their own data and so improving the timeliness and reliability of the site. This aspect of the application also reflects and builds its community based nature.
Map of specific service sites in the target community
Match needs to services
Periodically pings service locations with a form to update data, improving the reliability of the site
SMS text messaging utility is included in the application as a resource to parents and a way for preschools, pediatric sites, and community service agencies to disseminate information to a targeted community of parents with preschool age children