“Parents want to help their children. When they receive help that is non-threatening, they are open to receiving that help and then taking it and working with their children.”
- Anjohnette Gibbs, an original SPARK MS planner
SPARK MS organizes parent workshops with free child care, parent resource fairs and hands-on learning in the form of parent/child activities and field trips. The parents of SPARK MS students complete skill-building workshops that equip them to take on the role of their child’s first teacher. They work with Learning Advocates who assist in parent-teacher conferences and provide home visits, ensuring that parents are able to strengthen the skills of their children so that they are ready for school.
home visits (three per year per SPARK child over three years)
individual child assessments conducted
of parents said that home visitations provided them with a service or linked them to a service that was otherwise viewed as unattainable
of parents said that without SPARK Learning Advocates they would not have known about Common Core Standards