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Early Childhood Institute

2020 SPARK Early Childhood Institute in San Diego

June 10-11, 2020

8:30am-3:30pm

The Dana on Mission Bay

1710 West Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109

Registration Includes

  • ★ Two fantastic days with SPARK’s top presenters
  • ★ Handout packet and supplementary materials
  • ★ Institute T-shirt and raffle prizes
  • ★ Morning coffee and assorted hot teas
  • ★ Lunch
  • ★ Hosted evening social on Day 1
  • ★ Eligible for one unit of credit from San Diego State University
  • ★ SPARK Certification Award upon completion of program
  • ★ Free lifetime follow-up support from SPARK
  • ★ Free SPARK monthly e-newsletter
  • ★ Free monthly webinar series
  • ★ Social media opportunities
  • ★ Exclusive Gopher equipment discount provided at Institute and valid for 60 days

Space is limited to the first 40 registrants!

Cost

Register early to save! Early registration deadline is 3/31/20.

$330*/person (Early Registration)

$430*/person (Regular Registration)


*Registrant is required to have a SPARK Early Childhood Manual or active SPARKfamily digital subscription.

Purchase SPARK Early Childhood today!

For more information, contact SPARK at 800-772-7573 or spark@sparkpe.org.

Hotel Information

The Dana on Mission Bay

Hotel Discounted Rates: $189 + $20 resort fee

Must Book By: April 10, 2020

Discounted Resort Fee includes:

  • ★ 50% off the Daily Hot Breakfast Buffet at the Firefly Eatery
  • ★ Handout packet and supplementary materials
  • ★ Guest Room Wi-Fi
  • ★ 2 Bottled Waters in Room (replenished Daily)
  • ★ Daily Resort Activities
  • ★ 24 Hour Access to Fitness Center
  • ★ 24 Hour Access to Business Center with Complimentary Printing
  • ★ 2 Heated Pools with Spas
  • ★ Waived Overnight Parking ($25.00 Value)

To book your reservation online via the SPARK Discounted Booking Link, click here.

Note: The SPARK discounted rate is available 3 days pre/post hotel peak nights. The booking link is automated to display the event dates so if you’d like to extend your stay, you will need to edit the “Check-in” and/or “Check-out” dates.
Any available pre/post discounted rate nights will show up.

Or call (800) 445-3339 or (619) 222-6440 to make reservations.

Individuals must identify themselves as part of SPARK at the time of making reservations in order to be eligible for the special group rate.

  • SPARK institutes are not “Train the Trainer” programs. Completing both Institute days earns the title “SPARK Certified Instructor,” which is different than a “SPARK Certified Trainer.” A Trainer is licensed to conduct SPARK workshops for colleagues in their school, district or community. If you are interested in becoming a SPARK Certified Trainer, there is a program for that. Contact SPARK for more information.

  • To ensure the rights and privacy of our attendees, no videotaping is allowed by participants during SPARK Institute sessions.

Early Childhood Curriculum

SPARK folio for the Early Childhood Curriculum Program

 Four young SPARK students do arts & crafts at a table

SPARK Early Childhood was created for and during a study involving over 100 Title 1 Early Childhood classes in Memphis City Schools. When the project concluded in the winter of 2004, the results showed the curriculum was well received and highly rated by the Head Start teachers in the intervention setting. It also increased students’ moderate to vigorous activity (MVPA) levels to over 50% of class time and improved the number of minutes their children engaged in activity throughout the day.

This isn’t just a curriculum – you also get training and content-matched equipment packs. SPARK Early Childhood curriculum is designed to prepare children for school and is researched-backed with effective, specific tools and lesson plans for instructors that address the learnings for ages 3 to 5 in an engaging environment.

More than 300 activities prepare ages 3 to 5 for school! Energetic activities develop and enhance fine/gross motor and school readiness skills in young children preparing to enter Kindergarten. The manual includes over 300 activities in the Ready, set, go! format for quick implementation and participation. All activities include academic components, inclusion ideas, and adaptions for space limitations. CD includes music for all the activities and lessons taught. Choose all resources digitally or in combination with printed materials. Set 3 adds everything printed and organized in the custom SPARKfolio box set, plus 450 color-coded activity cards and additional teaching materials.

SPARK Early Childhood Physical Education program is made up of three key components:



SPARK Early Childhood Curriculum Program including the digital subscription, manual, CD set, and folio.

Early Childhood Curriculum

Increase physical activity and school readiness in ages 3 to 5! Energetic activities develop and enhance fine/gross motor and activity levels in children preparing to enter Kindergarten. Over 300 activities are designed for quick implementation and participation, and all activities include academic components, inclusion ideas, and adaptions for space limitations. Choose all resources digitally or in combination with printed materials. Set 3 adds everything printed and organized in the custom SPARKfolio box set, plus 450 color-coded activity cards and additional teaching materials.


SPARK trainer smiles with a football in hand.

Early Childhood Professional Development & Teacher Training

Bring SPARK to life and ensure program longevity with engaging, personalized trainings! The SPARK Early Childhood curriculum is not a book, it’s a program. Over the years, SPARK has tested numerous instructional strategies that are best conveyed during face-to-face training opportunities. The “what to do” (the lesson plans) come alive when the “how to do it” is provided via SPARK training. SPARK workshops are fun and “hands-on”, and teachers are motivated by SPARK’s dynamic and knowledgeable trainers.

To learn more or schedule your SPARK training, contact us at 833-73 SPARK or spark@gophersport.com.


SPARK equipment shown includes a variety of balls, hoops, discs, bouncers, and more.

Early Childhood Equipment Packages

All the quality equipment you need to successfully implement your Early Childhood program! Proper equipment is the key to successfully implementing any curriculum. These hand-selected equipment packages were designed specifically for the Early Childhood program and include everything you need to properly instruct each activity in the SPARK curriculum. And best of all, each package is made up of the industry’s top-quality equipment exclusively from GOPHER!




SPARK Early Childhood Physical Education curriculum is available in three options to meet the needs of your program


SPARK Set 1 includes a 3 year digital subscription to all online services.

Set 1

3-Year Digital subscription includes online access to:
  • e-Manual
  • Hundreds of activity videos & music files
  • Assessment tools
SPARK Set 2 includes everything in Set 1, as well as a manual and CD.

Set 2

Includes Set 1 plus:
  • Printed manual
  • Music CD
SPARK Set 3 includes everything in Set 2, as well as SPARK folio.

Set 3

Includes Set 2 plus:
  • SPARKfolio, a custom box with ALL materials printed and organized by unit & topic

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