SPARK Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

SPARK Program

SPARK Columbus LogoDo you live in zip codes: 43205, 43206 or 43207 and also in the Columbus City Schools District?* Do you have a four-year-old child who will be able to start Kindergarten in the Fall of 2015? Do you want to learn some ways to help your child get ready for kindergarten? Do you want to learn how to help your child learn how to read?

If so, let us help you!

If you are a parent, guardian or grandparent of a four-year-old child, let us help you be your child’s first and forever teacher. We will meet you at your home or a location of your choice for 1 ½ to 2 hours morning, noon, and evenings on weekdays or on weekends.

You and your child will work with a parent partner to learn ways to:

  • Connect the letters of the alphabet to their sounds
  • Learn more words
  • Read stories together
  • Do preschool math
  • Use writing to learn how to read

SPARK will help prepare your child for Kindergarten. SPARK is a FREE monthly program that includes:

  • Story books and activities
  • Guidance from your parent partner
  • Linkages to health and nutrition services when needed
  • Meetings with kindergarten teachers and principals to learn about school
  • You will learn how to be your child’s first and best teacher!

The studies of children who have been part of SPARK show that SPARK children had a good start to school and performed much better on school readiness tests than children who were not part of SPARK.

For more information please fill out the form below, call Mickie at (614) 355-0714 or Christina at (614) 355-9892 or email

*Nationwide Children's Hospital is offering SPARK with a focus in the Healthy Neighborhood Healthy Families Zone (Livingston Ave. to the north, Whittier St. to the south, Parsons Ave. to the west, and 22nd St. to the east). It is also available to families living in 43205, 43206 and in the Southern Gateway.

Interested in the SPARK Program? Complete the form below for more information.
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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000