SPARK is a home visitation, family-focused school readiness program. SPARK works with families to help get their children ready for kindergarten by building reading, language, math and social skills. The goal of SPARK is to support parents in becoming their child’s first and best teacher.
SPARK has been available in Columbus since 2013 thanks to the support of five community agencies: Columbus Metropolitan Library, Homeless Families Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Schoenbaum Family Center, and the YMCA of Central Ohio. And with funding support from United Way of Central Ohio and Franklin County Job and Family Services. Since service began in Columbus, over 650 children have received early learning experiences in their home with the services of a Parent Partner. For the 2015-2016 school year, SPARK has provided in home school readiness services to over 350 children in the Columbus area.
FutureReady Columbus provides the coordinating services for all of the Columbus SPARK supporting agencies and serves as the liaison to SPARK Ohio.