The state of Connecticut is providing a tool for families with young children to help track key milestones of child development. It will also give them support services and resources for play that will help with early learning.
The State of Connecticut is offering Sparkler, a mobile app for parents and caregivers, to all parents with young children.
The goal is to provide ideas to spark learning and offer connections to a network of support to help parents and children thrive, according to Office of Early Childhood Commissioner Beth Bye, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, and Connecticut United Way President and CEO Lisa Tepper Bates.
State officials said Connecticut is the first state in the nation to do this.
The funding is coming from the federal Preschool Development Grant and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund.
In announcing the initiative, Bye, Bysiewicz and Tepper Bates said COVID-19 interrupted life for most citizens, including the nearly 200,000 Connecticut children who are not yet old enough for kindergarten and parents have questions and need support.
Starting today, all Connecticut families with children from birth through kindergarten can access Sparkler for free. 
State officials said that, starting this year, all Connecticut school districts are offering Sparkler to families as part of Child Find and some districts are also incorporating Sparkler into programs and services provided to young families.
CT families can learn more about Sparkler at playsparkler.org/CT.
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All Connecticut local providers serving young families, including child care centers, family child care providers, home visitors, family resource centers, and others, can also now access Sparkler’s dashboard to engage directly with their families.
Connecticut educators, pediatricians, school readiness officials, or other providers who want to connect with their families through Sparkler can reach out to Sparkler at [email protected] to get started.

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