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.

  • 2013-2014: Opened the first STEM-based preschool in SVVSD and in the state of Colorado
  • 2013-2014:$20,000 Encana grant for creation of The Center for Make/Hack/Play 
  • 2013-2014: $1,000 LEGO Corporation grant from Education Blueprints Association
  • 2013-2014: $23,000 IBM Grant for technology
  • 2013-2104: Successful teacher grant for exploration of live biology in the classroom through the Education Foundation of St. Vrain Valley
  • 2013-2014: Successful $2500 grant to American Furniture Warehouse for lobby furniture and waiting room furniture for Child Find
  • 2014-2015: Featured in Education Week's 2015 Quality Counts Publication 
  • 2014-2015: Featured in Education Week's "Leaders to Learn From:  Don Haddad" about STEM in SVVSD
  • 2014-2015:  Won an Imagination Playground classroom set of building materials, 2015
  • 2014-2015: Successful teacher grant for exploration of Early Childhood Robotics through the Education Foundation of St. Vrain Valley (Teacher: Brandy Ray)
  • 2014-2015: Successful teacher grant for purchase of materials to explore movement and physical activity in the classroom through the Education Foundation of St. Vrain Valley (Teacher: Nicky Willis)
  • 2015-2016: $15,000 Encana grant for increased exposure to STEM learning for early childhood
  • 2015-2016: Successful "Mission Nutrition" grant with the Chef Ann Foundation and Nutrition Services of SVVSD
  • February, 2016:  Successful funding of $2500 in Spark! Parent-Teacher Organization teacher grants focused on literacy, mathematics, and STEM
  • March, 2016:  Successful $5,000 Race to the Top Early Childhood Grant, in conjuntion with the new Colorado Shines rating system
  • March, 2016:  Applied for $20,000 Nutrition and Physical Activities grant through Discovery Ed, called "Smart from the Start"
  • March 2017:  $1500 teacher grants to Spark! DIscovery PTO
  • April, 2017:  Highlighted in "This is What STEM Looks Like," published by The Women's Foundation of Colorado -- Ch. 1, page 35
  • October, 2017:  Successful Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley Grants for Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) equipment and resources, featuring Ty Cito (OT) and Jannine Simone (PT).
  • November 2017:  $1500 teacher grants to Spark! DIscovery PTO 
  • December, 2017:  Featured in the US Department of Education's Preschool Development Grant 11-part series "STEM for Early Learners." The 11-part series offers research, practical application for classroom and home and provides examples of experiences that build scientific, technology, engineering, and mathematical learning for older toddlers and preschool children. We are proud to be represented nationally alongside colleagues from various Universities, the Erikson Institute, and the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. 
  • December 1, 2017:  Colorado Shines Quality rating - Level 4
  • August 15, 2018:  Entered successful grant-based partnership with Healthy Learning Paths

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 MYon 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