Little Sprouts is proud to partner with many amazing organizations in our work. Together, we are committed to ensuring that all children receive a high-quality early education, and enter school ready to learn and prepared for lifelong success.
Some of our unique partnerships:
Early Reading First (ERF)
Early Reading First, part of the President's 'Good Start, Grow Smart' initiative, is designed to transform existing early education programs into centers of excellence that provide high-quality early education to young children, especially those from low-income families. The overall purpose of the program is to prepare young children to enter kindergarten with the necessary language, cognitive, and early reading skills to prevent reading difficulties and ensure school success.
Little Sprouts is proud to be one of only 30 schools in the country to have received an Early Reading First grant, which we have now received for three consecutive years! We have also been designated a 'Preschool Center of Excellence'.
Little Sprouts partners with WGBH to provide affordable, accredited, quality early education to families. The Little Sprouts curriculum includes materials developed by WGBH, a Brighton-based public broadcasting leader. These materials utilize WGBH’s award-winning television series 'Between the Lions' and 'Peep & the Big Wide World' and materials include teacher’s guides, DVD’s, and a library of books. This curriculum serves as a spring board from which to teach young children in all areas of literacy.
Jumpstart is a national leader in early childhood education and service. Jumpstart trains college students and community volunteers to work with preschool children in schools across the country.
Jumpstart places their interns in Little Sprouts preschool classroom in Roxbury, Lawrence, and Lowell. These interns, in collaboration with the Little Sprouts educators, are working toward the day when every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. This partnership is just one more way in which Little Sprouts is striving to close the achievement gap.
Presentation School Foundation (PSF)
The Presentation School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation created in 2004 with the purpose of supporting education in Allston-Brighton. The foundation purchased and revived the former Our Lady of the Presentation school property into a multi-service community center. This center will offer youth and family services while catering to the educational and health needs of local families.
Little Sprouts is proud to be the early education provider (in partnership with WGBH and Wheelock College) for PSF and the Allston-Brighton community, providing affordable, accredited, quality early education to families in the community featuring our nationally recognized, award-winning curriculum.
In a continued effort to bring quality early education to all families in Massachusetts, and to sprout humanitarians, Little Sprouts partnered with COMPASS for Homeless Families and provided our award-winning early education at Little Sprouts Roxbury free of charge for children from homeless families.
In 2001, Little Sprouts became a proud employer partner with COMPASS Community College Collaborative (CCCC) Program. CCCC provides currently and formerly homeless parents, as well as those at high risk of homelessness, with a supportive Community College-based education program that includes: job readiness and workforce skills training; multi-faceted education components (computer skills, ESOL, GED, study skills, etc.); job placement and support; higher education access; and long-term coaching. Program participants complete 160 hours of subsidized employment training at Little Sprouts, and are supported in applying for Assistant Teacher and other positions.