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SPARK (Strong, Prepared and Ready for Kindergarten) is an education initiative of Fox Valley United Way.

SPARK helps underserved Aurora families with children age birth through five connect to early education and childcare that will prepare their children for success in life. We achieve this by building awareness and uniting efforts among families, funders, policymakers, program providers and the Aurora community.


A child has about 2,000 days from birth to kindergarten. Of Aurora’s 20,000 children between birth and five years, nearly half will not be ready for kindergarten because of factors such as poverty, homelessness, language barriers and unidentified developmental delays. This places them at high risk to struggle in school and drop out of high school.


Identify families with at-risk children and help them enroll in early childhood learning and development programs and services.

the result:

At-risk children in early childhood programs and services demonstrate greater success in school and life. On average, each $1 spent on early childhood development creates a 13% return on investment through increased school achievement, healthy behavior and adult productivity.

Supporting SPARK supports the future of our community.
Click here to learn more about SPARK.