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Check out our 2018 Annual Report to learn about the impacts we're making on the communities we serve. read more >

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Learn more about the SPARK kindergarten readiness program that’s working with families in 11 Ohio counties.     read more >

 The Early Childhood Resource Center serves families and educators in Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull counties.

 Our Vision

  • Parents have the knowledge and resources to support their children’s healthy development,
  • Children have access to high-quality early learning experiences,
  • Children begin kindergarten ready and eager to learn, and
  • Educators are equipped and ready to receive, educate, engage, and involve all children.

Our Programs

  • School readiness:  the SPARK kindergarten readiness program (Stark and Summit Counties)
  • Family engagement:  peer groups, parenting education, and parent-child programming
  • Professional development for educators: workshops, training, coaching, and resources

Our Resources

At our Canton office, we have:

  • A specialized children’s library (a branch of the Stark County District Library)
  • A production lab used by families and educators to create learning tools and resources
  • An Inspiration Station learning space equipped with developmentally appropriate toys and tools for families
  • Family Programs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 9:30-10:30am
  • Weekly parenting peer group discussions Tuesdays at 9:30am
  • An outdoor playscape that’s gated, but never locked, for creative outdoor play

Child care resource and referral services are also available at our satellite offices  in Akron and Warren.

How can you get involved?

  • Become an advocate by sharing your story and your feedback with us, telling others about our programs, and sharing our Facebook posts.
  • Attend with your children or volunteer at the Big, Big Really Big Toy Box family fun event on Sunday, September 24 from 2-6pm at the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts.

  • Donate! The Early Childhood Resource Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.







  1. Story Time at the Canton location

      Bring the kids - Tuesdays at 9am and Fridays at 9:30am in the Children's Library! Free to all!   And stay to play in the Inspiration Station for fun, entertaining programs Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday at 9:30am. Free to all!        Children's Activities are free… read more >
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