Awards and Achievements

Grants, Recognition and Awards:  While we are not grant funded, we often write grants for the purpose of providing supplemental materials and experiences to actively engage preschoolers in meaningful, relevant learning.

Spark! Discovery Preschool PTO, who sponsored nearly $1500 in PTO grants to support various teachers:

  • Kiersten Pierpoint, Preschool Educator- Early Literacy Grant for $145.62 to focus on letter and letter sound recognition 
  • Wrap Around Childcare – Nearly $500 to increase block play, increase exposure to block play, increase books, and for diverse clothing at dramatic play 
  • Ruth Bloomberg, Speech-Language Pathologist – Preschool Pragmatic Skills for $32 – to work with children to develop verbal reasoning and organizational skills (inferences, problem solving, determining causation, generalizing, etc.).
  • Nicky Willis, Preschool Educator – Differentiated Instruction for literacy and mathematics for $147, for materials to challenge highly-abled learners.
  • Alyssa Rehder, Preschool Educator – Now I Know My ABC’s for $150 for manipulatives and games to support alphabet recognition and sound recognition at the literacy center
  • Megan Burgess, Preschool Educator – Early Story Telling in Preschool, for $169 to develop retelling skills, oral creation of stories, and understanding key elements in stories.
  • Literacy Committee, for whole-building use – Story Champs in the Classroom for $187.  Story Champs is used to develop elements of story (character, problem, feeling, action, and ending) with all children in each classroom with Ruth Bloomberg, one of our Speech-Language Pathologists.
  • Alyssa Rehder and Megan Burgess – Measuring Math, for $133 to increase measurement skills with materials available to children in the math center.  

What Parents are Saying: 

"Being able to chose a preschool that has a STEM focus is best decision I made when considering my son's first immersion into school. The way STEM approaches learning encourages creativity and innovation. For preschoolers to be exposed to real world challenges and to be given the opportunity to create their own solutions through critical thinking is by far the best way to learn. Words of praise and encouragement are routinely heard from his teachers. His teachers worked together allowing student independence, guiding and instructing only when needed. As a parent, I could not have asked for a better first school experience for my son! We love Spark! Discovery Preschool! I have watched my son grow and learn academically and socially. I highly recommend the school to anyone who is undecided about where to send their child for preschool. I truly feel you won’t regret it!" --Robyn Osborn, parent

"My daughter is recognizing her letters, counting, and even starting basic writing. This is all when she's three, and next year will just be more growth! The STEM program is great in getting my daughter used to learning through different means. She loves using MY ON reading at home just like in school. Her mind is expanding to building with her toys and explaining what she's making. It's a great way to get children ready for school in a positive manner." -- Anonymous parent