Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cozi’s Back-to-School Survival Guide Equips Families to Tackle a New School Year

Mobile guide helps parents navigate kids’ academics, chores,
allowance and lunches with new features and content

Seattle, Wash. — August 3, 2012 – Cozi, the family technology company, today announced its Back-to-School Survival Guide filled with useful tools, data, tips and advice from experts and other parents. The guide, available within the free Cozi Family Organizer mobile application, gives families everything they need to transition into the new school year. Cozi also announced its newest feature, a monthly calendar view for mobile users in its premium ad-free offering, Cozi Gold. This new feature, available now for Android and coming soon for iOS, was created at the request of Cozi users and provides an at-a-glance view of the month to make planning on the go easier than ever. A unique side-by-side view of the weekend (patent pending) sets Cozi Family Organizer’s month view apart from other calendars.

“The back-to-school season can be a challenging, stressful and emotional time for families, so this year we wanted to make sure Cozi users have everything they need to make it easier for parents and kids to get back into the swing of school,” said Cozi CEO Robbie Cape. “Our Survival Guide explains what concepts we should be preparing our children to learn, how other parents are handling allowance and chores, and how we can make busy school days calm and productive for the whole family.”

Cozi’s Back-to-School Survival Guide features:

·         What to Expect at Every Grade – Data from childhood development experts and educators on age-level emotional development milestones, what educational topics each grade level typically covers and standard school supply lists to make back-to-school shopping from kindergarten to high school a breeze.

·         Chore Guide – Cozi asked hundreds of users how they handle chores and allowances, and compiled their answers to create a guide that helps parents with these tough decisions. Cozi found 87 percent of children do chores, with an average starting age of 4.5 years old. More than one in four kids (28 percent) receive an allowance for doing their chores. More data, including a list by age of the most common chores and average allowances is available in the Back-to-School Survival Guide.

·         Checklists for Kids – Detailed daily checklists help the whole family establish routines to keep them on track during busy weekday mornings and evenings.

·         Lunchbox Gallery – Ten eye-poppingly delicious and creative packed lunch ideas help parents get their school lunch mojo back.

From now until Aug. 31, anyone who signs up for a FREE Cozi account on the Web or via the Cozi Family Organizer mobile app (available in the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon, NOOK Store or BlackBerry AppWorld) receives Cozi’s Back-to-School Coupon Pack, brimming with savings (a total value of more than $100) from popular retailers like  ShopRunner, Brenthaven and Zulily

Cozi Family Organizer, in addition to the survival guide, also includes all the useful tools Cozi’s 6 million registered family members have come to rely on. A color-coded family calendar that synchronizes with Outlook and iCals, including sports, work and school district calendars, helps family life run smoothly. Shareable grocery and to-do lists simplify shopping trips, and text and email reminders keep the whole family on track. Cozi Family Organizer also includes a Family Journal that lets families share updates and photos with loved ones. 

Cozi Gold subscribers using Android devices, including Kindle Fire and NOOK, can now also enjoy a beautiful new interactive monthly calendar view. Users can quickly get a month-by-month snapshot of their family’s schedule, for faster and easier planning wherever they are. Cozi Gold users can zoom in on the calendar to view several days at once, or swipe right or left to see the weekend days side-by-side. Monthly calendar view for iPhone and iPad is coming soon. Cozi Gold is available for $4.99 per month, or $49.99 per year.

About Cozi
Cozi is the family technology company dedicated to simplifying everyday life, easing communication and connecting busy families. Cozi’s signature product, Cozi Family Organizer, has more than 6 million users and is the leading solution for busy families to manage schedules and activities, track grocery, shopping and to do lists, plan meals and store recipes, organize household chores and keep family memories. Cozi Family Organizer is accessible across multiple platforms—from any PC or Mac at or via mobile and tablet apps for iOS, Android (including Kindle Fire and NOOK) and BlackBerry. Located in Seattle, Wash., Cozi was founded by veterans of Microsoft and Amazon with a vision for creating technology that brings families together.


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