Sea to Sky Community Services and School District 48 have initiated SPARK, which ‘Supports Parents Along the Road to Kindergarten.’ Parents can sign up for the program prenatally, and are invited to attend a 90-minute session every fall, winter and spring until their children enter kindergarten.
In SPARK, families reflect on how children learn and grow. The Early Learning Framework provides the foundation for the discussion, and parents attend classes with other parents who have children the same age. The SPARK program is founded on a philosophy that learning happens naturally through the experiences, relationships and joy that families share with their children. Families enjoy the opportunity to gather together with other families who have children the same age to exchange ideas, and to reflect and celebrate their children’s learning and growth. 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.
There will be free childminding for all children over the age of 12 months.
SPARK started this spring at Mamquam Elementary in Squamish and will be held in other schools in the Corridor in the fall of 2017.