Parents are uniquely positioned to shape and influence the future success of their children. Action for Children offers several programs for parents to learn and develop new skills to help them.
Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK)
Be your child’s first and best teacher!
SPARK Columbus is a family-focused kindergarten-readiness program that works collaboratively with families, schools, and the community. Action for Children’s SPARK Columbus program can help you get your child ready for kindergarten by building reading, language, and social skills that will help create a seamless transition into school. Each month, a SPARK Columbus Parent Partner will guide you on how to become your child’s first and best teacher.
Do you want to learn how to help your child get ready for kindergarten? If you live in Franklin County and have a 3-5 year old, we can help!
SPARK Columbus is a FREE home-visiting program that includes:
• FREE Story books and activities;
• School-readiness lessons based on Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards;
• Linkages to community resources when needed;
• Monthly visits in your home or a location of your choice
To get connected with a SPARK Columbus Parent Partner and determine your child’s eligibility, please send an email to Areesha Hunter, or call 614.224.0222, ext. 168.
To directly request more information from SPARK, please complete this online form.
Columbus & Franklin County Kids
Learning checkups are quick, free and easy!
If your child is 2 to 5 years old and lives in Franklin County, they are eligible for a learning checkup. You want the best for your child and we do, too. Our learning checkups are a quick, free and easy way to make sure your preschooler is ready to learn from the first day of kindergarten. You’ll receive a $10 gift card when you complete the initial Learning Checkup, and a book is given at every learning checkup. And, if your child needs any additional services to get off to the right start, Columbus Kids and Franklin County Kids will be there to help. It takes just a few minutes to help your child get ready for a lifetime of success!
For more information, or to schedule a Learning Checkup, please call 614-241-3089, or visit columbuskids.org
Programs for Fathers
Fathers have a powerful and positive impact on the development and health of children. Research shows that children with actively involved fathers: develop better verbal and intellectual skills, perform better in school, are more emotionally secure, and have fewer behavioral problems. Research also shows that expectant fathers and fathers of very young children can play a key role in the baby’s health and safety.
Action for Children has several programs for fathers, designed to help and support each Dad be the best father, co-parent, and provider he can and wants to be.
Father Factor and New Beginnings for New Fathers offer Dads-only group sessions; supportive services for child support and parenting time issues; connections to community resources to help overcome other barriers to parenting; job development support, and more.
These programs are funded by the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood and Columbus Public Health and are free to eligible fathers. A limited number of sessions are offered in Spanish.
See our schedule of upcoming classes, or call 614-224-0222* for additional information.
Programs for Mothers
Family Asset Building
As a mother, you have a very special role to play in the life of your child. Being a parent is not easy. If you are struggling to connect or manage your child’s behavior, you are not alone. Learn more about what makes your child tick, and how to bring out the best in them.
Action for Children’s Family Asset Building program is designed to bring mothers together into small group discussions to learn and share experiences about the joys and challenges of being a mother. Through the Mothers Matter curriculum, you will learn about ways to better connect with your child, how to work with your child’s other parent, and how to take care of yourself. You will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Family Engagement Specialist who will help you establish your family and parenting goals and connect you with community resources to help overcome certain barriers and challenges.
This program is funded by Franklin County Children Services and is free to eligible mothers residing in Franklin County. This program is also available to mothers who are more comfortable speaking Spanish.
Call 614-224-0222, ext. 250 for additional information.