(From the November 2013 Issue of MedStat)
As part of a city-wide collaborative, Nationwide Children’s is participating in SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids)—an evidence-based pre-K literacy program that uses a home-visitation model. The program is for four-year-old children who are not receiving other pre-K interventions. Nationwide Children’s is serving children in the Healthy Neighborhood Healthy Families (HNHF) zone—43205, 43205, 43207. Families may enroll in this free program through December 31. If you know a family in the HNHF zone who is interested, e-mail SPARK@NationwideChildrens.org. Through SPARK, a number of assessments are performed including ASQ and ASQ/SE, Ready to Read, modified HOME (an observational assessment of the child’s home environment) and six sections of the Woodcock-Johnson, a measure of academic achievement. If a child in your practice is identified as needing a referral for services, your practice will be notified. Other central Ohio SPARK partners include, OSU Schoenbaum Center (Weiland Park), Columbus Metropolitan Library (Linden), YMCA/United Way (Hilltop), Homeless Families Foundation (Franklinton) and Directions for Youth and Families (Forest Park)
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