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The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning is a peer-reviewed journal offering an international perspective on early childhood care and education. The journal recently published an article entitled SPARK Ohio: An Early Childhood Intervention Program Description and Evaluation.
The article, written by current and former members of the team that has independently evaluated the SPARK program, discusses how SPARK addresses the educational challenges faced by Ohio’s at-risk children. The article provides an in-depth analysis of the program’s positive influence on school readiness, as evidenced by the significantly higher kindergarten readiness assessment scores of SPARK children versus their non-SPARK peers.
Because of SPARK’s strong positive influence in preparing children for kindergarten, the authors suggest that policymakers and school district administrators might wish to investigate funding SPARK as an early investment that leads to long-term academic gain.
Download our latest SPARK Newsletter to find current information on SPARK Evaluation and SPARK site updates, as well as information about our program and stories of our SPARK children and families around Ohio.
At the start of 2016, we were thrilled to hear SPARK sites across the state would receive $1 million over two years to serve even more Ohio families. Funds will flow through the Early Childhood Resource Center, which handles SPARK management and operations.
In addition, $200,000 of the state funding will be used to help get three new SPARK sites up and running, in Ross, Ashland and Ottawa counties.
With its increased funding, SPARK expects to serve more than 1,700 Ohio families in 2016. On behalf of Ohio’s families, the Early Childhood Resource Center is truly grateful for all of SPARK’s supporters and advocates.