S.P.A.R.K. (Supporting Parents Along the Road to Kindergarten) is for parents whose children are newborn to age 5. Caregivers learn important strategies and fun activities that offer vital support to their child’s early learning in a 90-minute session every fall, winter and spring until their children enter kindergarten.
S.P.A.R.K. is based on the British Columbia Early Learning Framework. Parents attend classes with other parents who have children the same age and free childminding is offered for children over 12 months. It offers families time to reflect on how children learn and grow.
The S.P.A.R.K. program is founded on a philosophy that learning happens naturally through the experiences, relationships and joy that families share with their children.
Families are provided with materials and toys when they attend the program. Parents can also register for the Imagination Library, which mails a free, age-appropriate book to their children every month until their fifth birthday.
Parents will better understand:
- How your child learns.
- How your child communicates and how to respond to your child.
The SPARK program is a series of 90-minute parent information sessions on age appropriate child development. It is not a playgroup and child involvement is not part of this program.
This program is funded by British Columbia Early Years Centre, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Sea to Sky School District #48, Success By Six (Province of British Columbia, Credit Unions of BC and the United Way).
SPARK contact information
Julie Van Eesteren, early years coordinator: email@example.com, 604 815 3808