SPARK Early Education Initiative

SPARK helps Aurora families furthest from opportunity with children age birth through five years old 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.

The Challenge

There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten.  Of Aurora’s 15,000 children between birth and five years old, nearly half will not be ready for kindergarten because of factors such as poverty, homelessness, language barriers and unidentified developmental delays. Children experiencing these risk factors will struggle to succeed in school and some will not complete high school

The Solution

Elevate the importance of early childhood learning.  Ensure that all children have access and equity to high quality early childhood programs. 

The Result

Children with risk factors, such as poverty and experiencing homelessness, that are 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.

Be the SPARK that lights the way to a child’s brighter future.