What are they?

The price of materials or level of technology is not the foundation for learning.

Not everyone is an expert in early childhood education, but everyone who works and plays with a child is a teacher and will have the greatest impact on their learning.

SparKits, a program of Early Childhood Alliance, provides both materials your child will enjoy and activities to spark family involvement. SparKits is a tool that helps families provide the building blocks to prepare children to learn, to be successful in school and beyond.

Learning experiences.

The difference between a box of toys and SparKits is that SparKits…

Made to enhance skills at specific ages for strong development.

Encourage extended learning with materials easily found in the home.

Are designed by early childhood education professionals.

Encourage hands-on involvement by more than just children.

A father learning with his son

Family engagement.

Learning begins at birth, not the first day of school.
Young children’s experiences, especially with interactions of adults who care for them, build their brains and help develop cognitive, social, and emotional development. Children learn best through everyday experiences with people they trust. Translation, those early learning opportunities set strong foundations for a higher potential of success in school and beyond.
SparKits help foster those early learning experiences.

The result is children of all ages feeling safe and loved through one-on-one engagement, developing confidence in making friends, and being on-track for success in school.


Skill Builders

Highlight the long-term skills a child will develop with each SparKit.

Children learn and develop through play, and SparKits are designed for purposeful educational opportunities.

For example, sorting colored pompoms with tongs helps a child develop small motor skills, which eventually leads to holding a crayon to color or a pencil to write.

Each experience builds skills from basic to more complex, all laying the foundation for skills needed in school and beyond.

Skill Builder: Creativity
Skill Builder - Language Development
Language Development
Science Concepts
Science Concepts
Skill Builder: Math Concepts
Math Concepts
Skill Builder - Expression of Emotions
Expression of Emotions
Skill Builder - Small Motor Skills
Small Motor Skills