In accordance with federal regulations, state and local board of education policy, Avon Public Schools assumes the responsibility for the location, identification and referral of all children requiring special education and/or related services from birth through age 22.

The Avon child identification process is coordinated by the Department of Pupil Services and the Avon Preschool program. They utilize a variety of community resources and conduct many systematic activities in its efforts to identify children requiring special services. For children birth to 4 years of age, please contact Tiffany Fox at 860-404-4710. Children of Kindergarten age through age 22 should be referred to the school they would normally attend.

How's Your Child Doing?

The Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Office of Early Childhood and Sparkler that will help all Connecticut children get off to a strong start.

Sparkler is a free app for families that can be used as a developmental screening tool, a source for activities to support child development, and assists parents with making connections with professionals. Sparkler engages families to promote healthy early childhood development. Sparkler offers:

  1. Tracking tools to monitor children's social-emotional, cognitive, communication, and physical development, including the Ages and Stages Questionnaires®.
  2. Content that helps parents/caregivers support their children's learning and development. Sparkler has a library of 1500+ play-based learning activities developed by early childhood educators, and is adding more all the time.
  3. Messaging tools to give parents/caregivers advice and support.

Watch this brief video for an introduction to Sparkler Welcome to Sparkler!

Get started with Sparkler!

Download: If you have an Android smartphone or tablet, download Sparkler from the Google Play Store. If you use an iPhone or iPad, download Sparkler from the Apple App Store.

Register: Open the app and tap "Create a New Account." Enter Avon as your provider key. Pick Family/Familia in the "Group" drop-down menu. Answer the questions to create an account for yourself and a profile for your child. You must enter your child's birthday correctly because Sparkler assigns screenings and other content based on your child's age. You'll be asked for a "provider key" to link you with your school/provider. Please skip this step for now!

Questions? Please email Sparkler at [email protected].