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Together we are improving Aurora’s early childhood system of care and education

through community-wide collaborations:


Fox Valley United Way

The Fox Valley United Way exists to encourage our neighbors to give, advocate and volunteer to help those in need in our community. When you reach out a hand to one, you influence the condition of all!
Underneath everything we are, underneath everything we do, we are all people. Connected, interdependent, united. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.

City of Aurora

The City of Aurora is rich in history and pride. The future for the “City of Lights” looks bright as the community continues to grow and prosper.

Dunham Fund

Our goal as a philanthropic organization is to provide financial support to qualifying organizations that, like John Dunham and his family, are devoted to education, enterprise and community development — the foundations for a better tomorrow.

Gustafson Family Foundation

The Gustafson Family Foundation fosters the development and education of young children at risk; serving Cook and DuPage counties as well as the cities of Aurora and Bolingbrook, Illinois.

West Aurora School District 129

West Aurora School District 129 includes North Aurora and portions of Aurora, Montgomery and Sugar Grove. The district serves a growing and diverse population from its urban, suburban and rural areas.

East Aurora School District 131

Welcome to East Aurora School District 131!  Established in 1847, we are proud to be the FIRST public school district in the state of Illinois!  Our students, parents, teachers, staff board, and community partners are working together and MAKING CHOICES FOR EXCELLENCE!

Indian Prairie School District 204

Indian Prairie is the third largest school district in Illinois, encompassing 46 square miles, including portions of Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook and Plainfield.

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a collection of individual funds and resources given by local citizens to enhance and support the quality of life in the Fox River Valley Illinois.

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley serves the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County in the State of Illinois.

BMO Harris Bank

Established in 1882 as Harris Bank, and owned by BMO Financial Group (TSX, NYSE: BMO) since 1984, BMO Harris Bank has grown to become one of the largest banks in the Midwest serving personal, commercial and affluent customers.

BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida.

Farmers Insurance

In 1928, two men shared a dream of providing a quality insurance product at a reasonable price. In the decades that followed we’ve grown and adapted to meet the changing needs of Americans. But one constant has remained: We have an unwavering commitment to uphold our founding ideals to provide industry-leading products and first-rate services to the customers we’re privileged to serve.

Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD)

The Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD) leads the state's initiatives to create an integrated system of quality, early learning and development programs to help give all Illinois children a strong educational foundation before they begin kindergarten.

Community 4:12

Community 4:12 is the compassion and justice ministry of Community Christian Church and serves as the faith-based representative on the SPARK Board.   Community 4:12's mission is Uniting People to Restore Communities and works to address educational and housing issues in East Aurora and Joliet.

Two Rivers Head Start Agency

Two Rivers Head Start Agency is a community action agency which provides Head Start, Early Head Start, and CSBG services for eligible children and families. Our Agency strives to be an effective advocate for children and families affected by poverty.

Family Focus

Family Focus helps Chicago-area families living in low-income communities to give their children the best possible start in life. We do whatever it takes to help families gain the confidence and skills to be the parents they want to be.

Aurora Public Library Foundation

Established in 1881, we are dedicated to helping patrons of all ages pursue their educational, informational, recreational, and cultural interests in a way that is meaningful to them.

In partnership with local Aurora agencies who serve children and families.

Together we will SPARK a movement to improve the quality of early childhood education and experience for all of Aurora’s young children and ensure that they will be…
Strong, Prepared And Ready for Kindergarten

All Our Kids Network Family Focus Aurora Marie Wilkinson Child Development Center
Aunt Martha’s Farmers Insurance* Mind & Body Chiropractic
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry First Merit Bank* Music Together
Aurora Child Development Center Fox Valley Association for the Education of Young Children Ounce of Prevention
Aurora Christian Ministry Network Fox Valley Montessori PEN (Parent Educators Network)
Aurora Early Childhood Center Fox Valley Park District Pentair Foundation*
Aurora Early Learning Center Fox Valley United Way* People for Child Care
Aurora Fastprint Girls Scouts of Northern Illinois Physicians Immediate Care
Aurora Housing Authority Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development PNC Bank – Grow Up Great Program*
Aurora Montessori School The Goddard School Presence Medical Center
Aurora Public Library Greater Aurora Area Literacy Coalition Rachel's Learning Center
Aurora Public Library Foundation* Gustafson Family Foundation* Rasmussen College
Aurora University Hesed House Rush Copley Medical Center
Big Brothers Big Sisters  Hollywood Casino SciTech Museum
Blessed Beginnings Preschool Hometown Child Care Share and Care  (North Aurora)
BMO Harris Bank* IDOT, Div of Traffic Safety/Rush-Copley Medical Center Shining Stars Learning Center
Breaking Free Illinois Action for Children* STARNet
CASA Kane County Illinois State Treasurer's Office St. Marks Child Development Center
Catholic Charities Indian Prairie School District 204* St. Olaf Lutheran Preschool
Child Care Resource & Referral The Institute for Collaboration at Aurora University Target Foundation*
The City of Aurora* Jugando Se Aprende Two Rivers Head Start Agency
Community 4:12 Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties VNA Health Care
Community Unit School District 308* Kane County Health Department Waubonsee Community College
Consortium for Community Systems Development Kane County Home Visiting Collaborative Wesley Nursery School
Culture Stock Kane County Regional Office of Education West Aurora School District 129*
DayOne Network KinderCare World Relief
The Dunham Fund* Kiwanis Club Project H.E.L.P.
DuPage Children’s Museum Little Explorers Learning Center YWCA Child Care Resource & Referral
East Aurora School District 131* Local Interagency Council * Funder