New York City-based ed tech company Begin, which provides the Homer early learning programme, has acquired CodeSpark, an app for children to learn to code.

Begin stated that Homer currently caters to children up to the age of six and this acquisition allows it to expand its offer to children up to the age of 10.

Pasadena, California-headquartered CodeSpark stated that its programme allows children as young as four to design and code more than 30,000 games and interactive stories, adding that its CodeSpark Academy programme’s average annual growth rate has exceeded 80% in the past three years. It added that CodeSpark Academy has been downloaded over 20 million times and was used in more than 40% of all US elementary schools in the past year.

Neal Shenoy, co-founder and chief executive of Begin, said: “We’re excited to have the CodeSpark team join Homer on our mission to give every child the best start to their learning journey and prepare them with the skills they need for a 21st century world. We do this by teaching the right skill, at the right time, in the right medium. We know coding is most effectively taught through a digital programme, and in CodeSpark we have a best-in-class, award-winning product which we’re thrilled to bring into the Homer family.

Grant Hosford, co-founder and chief executive of CodeSpark, added: “We are thrilled to join the Begin family and become part of Homer’s comprehensive learning programme. Increasingly, our world is run by code, so it’s more important than ever that kids master 21st century skills. The foundational milestones of the Homer programme are the perfect preparation for successfully mastering computational thinking skills with CodeSpark Academy.”

Date published: 1 June 2021

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