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SPARK Program

The Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) Program is a training program for parents of preschool-aged youth in Ashland County. SPARK strengthens and empowers parents as the primary educators of their child and help the child learn skills to prepare for kindergarten. Parents are given lessons/activities to be completed with their child based on the Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards.

Parents or guardians are educated in activities to develop their children’s social and emotional well-being, oral language skills, and motor development.

  1. Social and emotional well-being: Assisting young children with developing the ability to recognize emotions, healthy emotional expression, and developing the ability to recognize the emotions of others.  This development helps prepare youth for new learning and enhances their ability to function in a school setting with peers and adults and as a member of the community as a whole.
  2. Oral language development: Oral language acquisition is the conduit for all early learning. Parents learn how to engage their child in conversations that arouse natural curiosity about the world and stimulate the desire to learn about topics found in books and other materials.
  3. Motor development: Small and large motor skills are vital to future physical demands. Academically, being able to sit upright or grasp objects are the precursors to reading and writing.  

Parents are also provided supplemental resources that are kept in the home to support ongoing learning. The Parent-Partners meet with their families individually on a monthly basis, at minimum, for up to sixteen planned visits throughout the year. The SPARK program is offered at NO COST to families. 

The SPARK program is funded in part by United Way of Ashland County.

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Recent Updates

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center recognizes national case management week Oct. 10 to 16

National Case Management Week is Oct. 10 to 16. This week is an opportunity to recognize the dedication, compassion and quality of client care outcomes achieved by case managers across the health care continuum. The benefits of receiving case management are numerous including, but not limited to, individualized needs assessments, care coordination, client education, problem-solving skills, case monitoring, resource linkage and management, advocacy, and discharge planning.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

If you are in a circumstance in which you are being abused and anyway physically, emotionally, verbally, or sexually reach out for help by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.799.7233. Visit www.safehavenofashland.org for more information about Ashland County domestic violence resources. 

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Appleseed Offering Youth Alcohol and Drug Prevention Education at Ashland High School and Community Survey Through “Communities

Appleseed is distributing a community survey to gain information about community perception about youth co-occurring disorder while collecting valuable input on service needs in Ashland County. To participate in Appleseed’s Youth Co-Occurring Disorder Survey, please go to https://forms.gle/YpxapNEtFoKC7X9G7. The survey will close on October 31, 2021.

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