We’re making critical skills accessible for kids everywhere

Mission Value

Intuitive, word-free interface

Our patented technology lets kids learn to code before they even know how to read

Mission Value

Perfect for girls and boys

Carefully designed to increase engagement in girls and close the gender gap in STEM

Mission Value

Subsidized for schools

Home subscriptions help us fund and integrate computer science in low-income schools

What We Believe

The Magic of Ingenuity

We think the pursuit of ingenious solutions brings together a perfect blend of invention, creativity and originality.

The Power of Confidence

We foster the confidence it takes to stretch limits, persevere and stay curious. We all benefit from knowing how to be fearless learners.

The Freedom to Experiment

We invite constant exploration and embrace the what ifs. We admire willingness to try and believe having permission to fail is liberating.

The Wonder of Childhood

Wonder, curiosity and silliness are baked in to everything we make.
Kid-ness is goodness

The Power of Raising the Bar

We think high expectations are a sign of respect, so we approach kids as the sophisticated thinkers they’re proven to be.

Located in sunny Pasadena, California

codeSpark’s mission is to help all kids learn to code by igniting their curiosity in computer science and turning programming into play. Our award-winning app is designed to teach kids 5 and up the foundations of computer science through puzzles, coding challenges, and creative tools.

We believe that to create the best learn-to-code app for all kids, it is important to foster a creative and innovative environment by building a diverse team that reflects the many communities we serve. As part of this effort, we are a participant in Kapor Capital’s Founders’ Commitment to diverse and inclusive hiring and are proud to report that 50% of our team is women and 50% is people of color.

codeSpark is also proud to be part of the HOMER family, a growing team dedicated to helping kids everywhere get the best start to their learning journey and build critical skills for the future.

Interested in joining the codeSpark team and helping us nurture the next generation of programmers, creators, and leaders? Explore our job openings!

Explore codeSpark Careers

Our Founders

Grant Hosford

CEO and Co-Founder

Grant is an experienced entrepreneur who has spent the last 15 years building successful digital businesses in Seattle and Los Angeles. Grant has deep expertise in new product launches, has lived on 4 continents and comes from a family of educators. He’s a husband, father of three kids, coaches girls soccer and rides bikes often.

Joe Shochet

CPO and Co-Founder

Joe has been building world-class and award winning children’s games for over 20 years. He helped create the first version of Alice3D, still in use at over 300 universities for CS 101 and led the creation of ToonTown Online for Disney. He’s a husband, father of three kids, a LEGO Mindstorm coach and a competitive soccer player.

Our Advisors

Daniel Leyzberg

Daniel received his Ph.D in computer science from Yale. He is currently a Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University.

Coleen Lewis

Colleen Lewis, Ph.D., specializes in computer science education and curriculum development. She is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Harvey Mudd College.

Kent Steen

Kent received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a retired school teacher and district administrator. Kent led his school district to being named the Code.org/CSTA "Champions for Computer Science" in 2018.

Meet Begin, the Company Behind codeSpark

Begin is the award-winning early learning company offering children the best start possible through digital, physical, and experiential learning programs. With play-based products including codeSpark Academy, HOMER, KidPass, and Little Passports, Begin builds the skills that matter most to help kids achieve their fullest potential in school and life.

Begin is backed by the most recognized names in early childhood development, including LEGO Ventures, Sesame Workshop, and Gymboree Play & Music. For more information about Begin and its suite of integrated programs, visit www.beginlearning.com

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