Because it is grounded in practice-based evidence, SPARK has been designated as a promising practice and included in the Innovation Hub Database of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP).
An independent evaluation team from Kent State University evaluates program effectiveness annually to show each individual child’s progress and analyze trends in performance. The data allows for continued program effectiveness and refinements. Year after year, the evaluation results clearly show that participating in SPARK gives children an advantage that leads to success.
The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) is the state-mandated instrument administered to incoming kindergarteners. An independent evaluation team from Kent State University compares KRA scores of SPARK children with the scores of non-SPARK children in the same classrooms.