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Every year, four million American children enter kindergarten. As many as one in three will not be ready for school. Many will never catch up. SPARK was designed to stop this vicious cycle.
SPARK stands for Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids. An initiative created by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, SPARK seeks to create seamless transitions into school for vulnerable children ages 3 to 8.
SPARK Mississippi is an early education initiative that brings together parents, schools, early education providers including child care and Head Start, child advocacy groups, state and local government agencies and businesses for the purpose of ensuring school readiness and academic success for Mississippi’s children ages 3 to 8.
SPARK Mississippi operates in select school district areas where SPARK Local Coordinators and Learning Advocates work with community members to ensure that vulnerable children are ready for schools, schools are ready for children and their communities are ready to support them both: Ready children, Ready communities, and Ready schools.