EARLY CHILDHOOD RESOURCE CENTER
Stark & Summit Counties
Contact: Gary Plauger
Phone: (330) 491-3272
Location: 1718 Cleveland Avenue NW/Canton
With funding from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, the Early Childhood Resource Center was established in 2000 as a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The Center was created to improve the quality of early education and care by providing professional development, accreditation courses, technical assistance, and mentoring for early childhood professionals.
In 2011, the Center began focusing on parent engagement, education, and support by offering parenting courses and mentoring services throughout the community.
In 2013, the Sisters of Charity Foundation transferred the management and operations of the SPARK kindergarten readiness program to the Center.
In 2014, the Ohio Division of Child Support partnered with the Center to provide parenting education for non-custodial fathers who fell behind on their child support.
In 2016, the Center became a partner in the THRIVE initiative to reduce infant mortality, helping young fathers strengthen their parenting skills.
In 2017, the state of Ohio designated the Center as the child care resource and referral agency for Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull counties. As the region's child care resource and referral agency, the Center helps early childhood providers improve their quality, helps families find early childhood programs that meet their needs, and raises community awareness about the importance of early childhood development.
The mission of the Early Childhood Resource Center is to promote the healthy development of young children by strengthening families, improving the quality of early learning experiences, increasing school and community readiness, and informing public policy.
The Commission Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 10:00 am. – 12:00 p.m. It will be a virtual Zoom Webinar. The audience is encouraged to utilize the chat Q&A to interact with the Commissioners, guest speaker(s), and the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF) staff.
Please click here to join the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood Meeting scheduled for Thursday, Thursday, February 10, 2022 Commissioners’ Meeting.
You may also call using 1-301-715-8592,,97669136086#.
Please Note: We are unable to provide technical assistance during meetings.
2022 Commission Meeting Dates: Feb. 10, May 12, July 14, Sept. 8 and Nov. 10.
If you would like to attend a commission meeting, please contact Terri Simons at 614-752-0182 or e-mail Terri.Simons@jfs.ohio.gov if you have any questions.
Reforming Child Support to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families, June 2019
Supporting the Fatherhood Journey: Finding from the Parents and Children Together (PACT) Evaluation
Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED) Impact Report
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Promoting Responsible Fatherhood
AdCouncil Fatherhood PSAs
Region V Fatherhood Webinars
National Fatherhood Initiative
National Center for Fathering
Kids Count Data
Fatherhood Well-Being Screening Tool
Grant Writing Webinar (Power Point Slides)
Infant Vitality Toolkit for Fathers
Ohio County Services
Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF)
Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality
Ohio Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition
Ohio Putative Father Registry
Ohio Strong Babies
Start Talking Ohio
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