Child care assistance

Find local resources, organizations and public assistance programs dedicated to making reliable, safe and affordable child care accessible to all families in Stark County. Child care assistance helps to pay a portion of your child care costs, so you can continue to work and support your family.

How to apply

Complete and submit the application for child care benefits to Stark County Job & Family Services, or call (330) 451-8155 to get started. All pages, including blank pages, must be submitted for an application to be considered complete. Please note, it may take up to 30 days to process your request, and incomplete applications will create additional delays. Caretakers who are denied assistance have the right to re-apply.

Verifications

During the application process, you will be required to verify all sources of income for the members of your family. Acceptable verification documents include:

  • Pay stubs
  • Employer’s statements
  • Federal income tax records
  • Official school schedules
  • Letters of enrollment
Reporting requirements

Families that receive publicly-funded child care are required to submit, in writing, any changes in the following:

  • Qualifying activities and hours of participation
  • Wages, child support and other forms of income
  • Changes in family size
  • Contact information

After the initial 12 months of eligibility, families will be required to complete a yearly review to continue receiving child care benefits.

Alliance child care

Alliance Family YMCA

Affordable before and after-school care.
205 South Union Ave.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 823-1930
Show Hours
Mon.
8:15 am - 11:00 am
4:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue.
8:15 am - 11:00 am
4:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed.
8:15 am - 11:00 am
4:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu.
8:15 am - 11:00 am
4:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Fri.
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Sat.
8:00 am - 10:30 am

Alliance-Franklin Head Start Center

Free learning and development services to children from low-income families, ages birth to 5.
321 Franklin St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-5977
Canal Fulton child care

Canal Fulton YMCA

Affordable before and after school care.
Phone: (330) 830-6275
Canton child care

Early Childhood Resource Center

Promotes healthy development through family strengthening and early education resources:
  • Child care information and referrals
  • Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) kindergarten readiness program
  • Professional development resources for educators
  • Home and group-based learning opportunities
  • Developmental screenings and community resource connections
1718 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44703
Phone: (330) 491-3272
Show Hours
Mon.
8:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue.
8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wed.
8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thu.
8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri.
8:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Eric Snow Family YMCA

Services for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Before and after school care is available for grades K through 6.
420 3rd St., NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 458-2403
Show Hours
Mon.
5:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tue.
5:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wed.
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu.
5:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri.
5:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat.
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

JRC Learning Center

Early child care services for children whose parents are working to further their educations.
2213 14th St. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 452-8376
Show Hours
Mon.
5:30 am - 6:45 pm
Tue.
5:30 am - 6:45 pm
Wed.
5:30 am - 6:45 pm
Thu.
5:30 am - 6:45 pm
Fri.
5:30 am - 6:45 pm

Metro Head Start Center

Free learning and development services to children from low-income families, ages birth to 5.
400 Tuscarawas E
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 456-3068

Meyers Lake YMCA

Affordable before and after school care.
1333 North Park Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44708
Phone: (330) 454-9018
Show Hours
Mon.
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue.
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed.
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu.
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat.
8:45 am - 11:00 am

William Hunter Center

Free Head Start learning and development services for children from low-income families, ages birth to 5.
3015 Mahoning Rd. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 456-5120
Louisville child care

Louisville Area YMCA

Affordable before and after school care.
1421 South Nickelplate
Louisville, OH 44641
Phone: (330) 875-1611
Show Hours
Mon.
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue.
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed.
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu.
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri.
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat.
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Massillon child care

Paul & Carol David YMCA of Jackson Township

Affordable before and after school care.
7389 Caritas Cir. NW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 830-6275
Show Hours
Mon.
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue.
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed.
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thu.
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri.
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sat.
8:00 am - 12:30 pm

William Malloy Center

Free Head Start learning and development services for children from low-income families, ages birth to 5.
1134 Walnut Ave.
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 834-3567
Minerva child care

Minerva Area YMCA

Full-day programs to prepare children ages 3 to 5 for kindergarten.
687 Lynnwood Dr.
Minerva, OH 44657
Phone: (330) 868-5988
Show Hours
Mon.
8:30 am - 10:30 am
5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Tue.
8:30 am - 10:30 am
5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Wed.
8:30 am - 10:30 am
5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Thu.
8:30 am - 10:30 am
5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Fri.
8:30 am - 10:30 am
North Canton child care

North Canton YMCA Child Development Center

Infant and toddler care for families in North Canton.
315 North Main St.
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 492-2229
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Uniontown child care

Lake Community YMCA

Affordable before and after school care.
428 King Church Ave. SW
Uniontown, OH 44685
Phone: (330) 877-8933