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Connecticut - Information for Educators/Partners


Videos, Webinars, and More

Recorded Webinars for CT Providers: 

Slides About Sparkler, which you can use and share with members of your team: 

Sparkler handouts you can share:

Videos (you can watch and share) about Sparkler: 

Sparkler FAQ for Providers:

  • Find answers to many frequently asked questions in our FAQ
  • Do you have a question that is not answered in the FAQ? Email us: support@playsparkler.org.

Screening With Sparkler

Sparkler makes the mobile Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ) accessible to families of 0-5 year olds across the State of Connecticut. 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 families first register for Sparkler, they share their child's birth date and prematurity, if the child is under 2 years old. Based on this, Sparkler offers the family the first ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 that their child is eligible for. When they complete the questionnaire and press "submit," Sparkler automatically scores the ASQ and the results go to the ASQ online system and to the Sparkler Dashboard. Families receive a coaching message through Sparkler that the results have been received. They receive their screening results and support — if they need it — either from care coordinators at 211 Child Development OR from their program/provider (if their program/provider is "in the lead" with families).

If a program (like Home Visiting) is “in the lead,” they will take the lead in sharing and 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 or other support. 

Learn more about 211 Child Development’s services here.


Connecticut Partners

Sparkler has been working in Connecticut with the Office of Early Childhood and 211 Child Development since 2018. Starting this year, OEC is making Sparkler available to all CT families with 0-5 year olds and to programs serving those families. 

Current CT partner organizations include: 

  • State agencies, including: The CT Office of Early Childhood, State Department of Education, and Department of Children and Families
  • Sparkler's pioneer communities
  • CT Learn the Signs Act Early
  • CT Home Visiting
  • CT Birth to Three
  • GEER: 250+ schools across the state eligible for services
  • Family Resource Centers
  • Early childhood education programs, daycare centers, and family home daycares
  • Community-based organizations and collectives across the state

If your school or program wants to either promote Sparkler to your families so they can use it independently (getting support from 211 Child Development) or use it more actively to engage your families, please fill out this CT Interest Form or email support@playsparkler.org! We are happy to help you get started. 


Materials For Families

General Sparkler Content for Programs

Custom Sparkler Content for Programs

If you are at an organization in CT that wants to use Sparkler to engage with families, please fill out this CT Interest Form or email support@playsparkler.org! We are happy to help you get started. Once we do, we will share custom handouts, fliers, and other materials that you can share with the families you serve. It's quick and easy to get started. 


What's Next?

Ongoing Training

Sparkler is developing a series of training opportunities (both recorded and live/virtual) for organizations working with us throughout CT. We will reach out to current Sparkler administrators about these opportunities. 

Questions? 

If you have any questions or need other support getting started with Sparkler or using it, please don’t hesitate to reach out: support@playsparkler.org