Welcome to Sparkler, Connecticut!
Sparkler is an evidence-based, mobile family engagement platform, available in English and Spanish, which is working with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood and 211 Child Development to help ALL Connecticut families of 0-5 year olds. Sparkler offers:
Tracking tools to monitor children’s social-emotional, cognitive, communication, and physical development, including the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®.
Content that helps parents/caregivers support their children’s learning and development. Sparkler has a library of 1500+ play-based learning activities developed by early childhood educators, and is adding more all the time.
Messaging tools to give parents/caregivers advice and support.
We have a new registration process. See it here:
Register: Open the app and tap “Create a New Account.” There are different codes you must use to link with YOUR program/provider. If you don't know your program's code, please ask your provider or reach out to Sparkler for help. Please answer the questions to create an account for yourself and a profile for your child or children. You must enter your child’s birthday correctly because Sparkler assigns screenings and other content based on your child’s age.
How you can use Sparkler: Access the Ages & Stages Questionnaires® from home — or wherever you are — plus evidence-based and FUN do-together activities that you can play with your 0-5 year old to spark their growing heart, mind, body, and words! When you play, take a picture and press “we did it” to keep track of what you’ve accomplished together!
Here are some video overviews:
General Sparkler overview
General Sparkler intro for CT families
General Developmental Screening intro for CT families
Questions? Please email Sparkler at email@example.com. If you want to reach out to 211 Child Development, please visit cdi.211.org.
Current Sparkler Partner Organizations:
Sparkler is working with the Office of Early Childhood, 211 Child Development, and partner organizations across the state to engage and support Connecticut’s young families.
Current partners include:
- The Office of Early Childhood
- The State Department of Education
- Sparkler's pioneer communities
- Connecticut Department of Children and Families
- Learn the Signs Act Early
- Home Visiting
- CT Cares
- Birth to Three
- Home Visiting
- GEER: 250+ schools across the state eligible for services
- Family Resource Centers
- Individual preschools and daycare centers
- Community-based organizations and collectives across the state
If your school or program wants to either promote Sparkler to your families or use it more actively to engage your families, please reach out (firstname.lastname@example.org)! We are happy to help you get started.
Screening With Sparkler
Sparkler makes the mobile Ages and Stages Questionnaires accessible — wherever they are — to families of 0-5 year olds across the state. The ASQs on Sparkler are the same as the ASQs often given by educators or pediatricians except that they are mobile, accessible via smartphones or tablets.
When a family completes an ASQ in Sparkler, Sparkler automatically scores the ASQ. The results go to the ASQ online system and to the Sparkler Dashboard.
The family will receive a coaching message through Sparkler that the results have been received.
If a program (like Home Visiting) is “in the lead,” they will take the lead in discussing results with the family. Otherwise, 211 Child Development will reach out to the family to share results and help to support them if they have questions or might need an evaluation.
Learn more about 211 Child Development’s services here.
Videos (you can share) about Sparkler:
- Sparkler overview (on YouTube)
- Sparkler overview for families (English) and Sparkler overview for families (Spanish)
- Developmental Screening overview for families (English) and Developmental Screening overview for families (Spanish)
Materials You Can Share with Families:
If you sign up to partner with Sparkler, we will share handouts, fliers, and other materials that you can share with the families you serve. It's quick and easy to get started.
Sparkler is developing a series of training opportunites (both recorded and live/virtual) for organizations working with us throughout CT. We will reach out to current partners about these opportunities.
If you have any questions or need other support getting started with Sparkler or using it, please don’t hesitate to reach out: email@example.com.