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Early Childhood Resource Center helps child prepare for kindergarten

Jaxson was having a hard time identifying letters, numbers, and shapes. His family needed help to prepare him for kindergarten. Thanks to generous friends like you, they got that help from the free SPARK kindergarten readiness program.

Specially trained parent partners visit SPARK families monthly, equipped with books, activities, supplies, and a structured lesson for the child and parent to do together. With the parent partner’s guidance and support, the family works to get ready for kindergarten.

When Mom went from working the night shift to the day shift, she wanted the morning SPARK lessons to continue. They had helped Jaxson so much with his listening skills and with following directions. So Dad stepped in to take her place. That decision paid off and both parents noticed the impact of the SPARK visits. They report they frequently see Jaxson applying the things he has learned, with considerable improvement in the areas of listening and following directions.

Around 43% of the children In Jaxson’s urban neighborhood don’t have the skills and knowledge to succeed in kindergarten. Children who start school behind their peers are four times more likely to drop out of high school. SPARK is putting these children on the path to success.

To help a child like Jaxson on their journey to educational success, click here to make a gift and select Early Childhood Resource Center in the Designation option.