EARLY CHILDHOOD RESOURCE CENTER
Stark & Summit Counties
Contact: Shawn Crable
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.
October 28 and 29: Free curriculum training on 24/7 Dads
November 13-15: Free curriculum training on On My Shoulders
2019 Commission Meeting Dates: Feb.14, May 9, July 11, Sept. 12, and Nov. 14.
All of the commission meetings are from 10AM to noon in the Riffe Tower in downtown Columbus. If you would like to attend a commission meeting, please contact Terri Simons at 614-752-0182. Click the highlighted text to learn more about the commission meetings.
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
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