What is Spark?
Spark is Oregon’s Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS). It is a voluntary program designed to support and recognize high quality early childhood care and education programs. In early learning and educational settings, high quality includes some of the following features and benefits:
Attached, supportive relationships with a qualified caregiver/teacher
Environments which are stimulating and appropriate for each child
Experiences and activities that support all aspects of a child’s development
Strong partnerships between families and early educators
How Can Spark Help You?
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PROVIDING CONTINOUS QUALITY SUPPORT
Spark Rated Programs
Continuous Quality Improvement is the foundation of Spark. Programs have completed a rigorous process to ensure high quality early learning and education for children and families in Oregon.
If you would like to search for a Spark-rated program, click the button to begin your search!
EARLY LEARNING AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
Why Spark Matters
The first years of life are the most critical for the development of a child’s brain. These early experiences create the foundation for healthy physical, emotional and cognitive development for the rest of a child’s life. Click here to see a graph of early brain development.
If you would like to participate as an early educator in the Spark program, click the button to learn more.
Who Does Spark Support?
See What Others Say About Spark
I learned that we can take care of children, or we can take care of children professionally. Doing just that makes a big difference in their lives.
Getting together with other providers has been really important. Providers have come together rather than be in competition with each other.
My relationship with the parents and children of the families I serve has greatly changed. Today we work together for the good of the child.
I have developed great friendships with other providers who are doing this too. The networks and the kinships have re-energized me.