The SPARK Kindergarten Readiness Program has officially been accepted for inclusion in the MCH Innovations Database as a Promising Practice.

The MCH Innovations Database is a searchable repository of “what’s working” in the maternal and child health field. The database accepts only those practices that are demonstrated to be effective and grounded in practice-based evidence. Funders and researchers look to the database when searching for programs that positively impact maternal and child health. 

The database is a part of the Innovation Hub of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP), which serves as a national resource, partner, and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve maternal and child health public health systems.

SPARK Ohio Director Mary Brady stated, “We are so pleased that SPARK has been added to the MCH Innovations Database. This is yet another addition to the body of evidence clearly showing that SPARK is highly effective at cultivating school readiness, increasing parental engagement in children’s learning, and setting children up for lifelong success.”

This designation further strengthens the well-researched body of evidence showing that SPARK is an excellent investment; we believe it will contribute greatly to the program’s sustainability.