Special education services

Every child with developmental disabilities has a right to receive a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment possible. Learn how school districts across Stark Country are supporting students with functional needs through a variety of educational programs and services. With knowledge about resources, rights and responsibilities, families are best prepared to advocate for their children.

Early childhood education programs

Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC)

The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) 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
Find a list of child care programs in Stark County here. 
1718 Cleveland Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44703
Phone: (330) 491-3272
Phone: 1-877-691-8521
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Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children

Dedicated child care facility for children with autism, down syndrome or other disabilities.
1431 30th St. NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone: (330) 493-4400

Idea House

Sensory-friendly early learning program for children on the Autism spectrum.
6630 Towpath Ave. NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Phone: (330) 970-0777

Kids Link

Individualized education program for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities.
899 Frost Rd.
Streetsboro, OH 44241
Phone: (330) 963-8600

Out of the Box

Education, behavior and social programs for children ages 5 to 22.
1011 Gorge Blvd
Unit D
Akron, OH 44310
Phone: 330-735-1660
Preschool special education

Free preschool special education services are available to all children with disabilities, ages 3 to 5 years old in Stark County. Some of the classes are operated by the districts themselves while other districts contract with the SCESC to provide instructional services to their preschoolers. Contact your home district for more information on their preschool program and ask to have your child evaluated if you suspect there may be developmental delays.

School districts in Stark County

Alliance City School District

200 Glamorgan St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-2100

Canton City School District

Public school system in Canton, Ohio. www.ccsdistrict.org
305 McKinley Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 438-2500

Canton Local School District

600 Faircrest St. SE
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: (330) 484-8019

Fairless Local School District

11885 Navarre Rd.
Navarre, OH 44662
Phone: (330) 767-3577

Jackson Local School District

7602 Fulton Dr.
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 830-8000

Lake Local School District

436 King Church Ave. SW
Uniontown, OH 44685
Phone: (330) 877-9383

Louisville City School District

407 East Main St.
Louisville, OH 44641
Phone: (330) 875-1666

Marlington Local School District

10320 Moulin Ave. NE
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 823-7458

Massillon City School District

930 17th St. NE
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 830-3900

Minerva Local School District

406 East St.
Minerva, OH 44657
Phone: (330) 868-4332

North Canton City School District

525 7th St. NE
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 497-5600

Northwest Local School District

Northwest local school district in Canal Fulton, OH. www.northwest.sparcc.org
2309 Locust St. S
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Phone: (330) 854-2291

Osnaburg Local School District

310 Browning Ct.
East Canton, OH 44730
Elementary: (330) 488-0392
Elementary: (330) 488-0392
Middle School: (330) 488-0334
Middle School: (330) 488-0334
High School: (330) 488-0316
High School: (330) 488-0316

Perry Local School District

Public school system in Perry Township. www.perrylocal.org
4201 13th St. SW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 477-8121

Plain Local School District

901 44th St. NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone: (330) 492-3500

Sandy Valley Local School District

5362 State Rte. 183 NE
Magnolia, OH 44643
Phone: (330) 866-3339

Tuslaw Local School District

1835 Manchester Ave. NW
Massillon, OH 44647
Phone: (330) 837-7813
Stark DD preschool programs

Eastgate Early Childhood and Family Center

Separate educational facility for preschool-aged children with significant cognitive, physical, behavioral and medical needs.
2121 Ashland St.
Louisville, OH 44641
Phone: (330) 479-3440

Rebecca Stallman Southgate School

School districts may refer students with intense needs to this separate public education facility for students ages 5 to 22.
3057 Cleveland Ave. SW
Canton, OH 44707
Phone: 330-484-2547