Early education resources

Early education programs provide learning opportunities for children, ages 3 to 5 years old, and are aligned with the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning Content Standards. These standards establish benchmarks that impact future learning. All early childhood education programming offered in Stark County is targeted to support children as they build a strong knowledge-based foundation.

Alliance resources

Early Childhood Education Alliance

For nearly twenty years, the Early Childhood Education Alliance has been focused on providing quality early childhood experiences for children and families in Alliance, Ohio. Thanks to our partners, ECEA is able to connect families with resources and programs that ensure children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. ECEA believes it is important to EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, and COLLABORATE because early experiences last a lifetime.
1490 Parkway Blvd
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 829-1234 ext. 1941
Canton resources

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
  • Car seat help
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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The Goddard School: Canton

Pre-kindergarten and preschool services for infants, toddlers and young children.
7042 Fulton Dr. NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 966-3793
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Help Me Grow-Home Visiting

Home Visiting is a voluntary, home-based program offered at no cost to your family.  Our home visitors are well-trained professionals who use a compassionate approach that offers information and support during pregnancy, and empowers you as the parent with skills, tools, and confidence to nurture the healthy growth of your child through the earliest years – a critical time of development.
WHO SHOULD BE REFERRED?
Pregnant women and families with young children.Supporting first-time parents with home visiting services for children up to 3 years old
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
Once your family has been referred, you will be assigned a home visitor, who will provide caring support and reliable information on the topics that matter most to you about your pregnancy and child’s development. Whether it’s what you can do to strive for a healthy pregnancy; how to soothe your crying baby; how to manage sleep (yours included!); or how to deal with the stresses of parenting; your home visitor is there to help, listen to your concerns, and connect you to community resources based off of your needs. We invest in you to make your own decisions about what is best for you and your child.
BENEFITS OF HOME VISITING
Healthy birth outcomes - Pregnant women who participated in Home Visiting had 48 percent fewer low birth weight babies. Source.
Increasing children’s school readiness - Children who participated in Home Visiting scored 25 percent higher on first through third grade reading and math achievement tests. Source.
6057 Strip Ave NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: 330-492-8136, ext. 1480

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio mails kids one free book each month until his or her 5th birthday. Any child in Ohio between birth and age 5 is eligible for the program, which is available at no cost to families. Stark Library sponsors this program in Stark County.

YWCA Canton

Provides emergency shelter to the homeless and tools to help them get back on their feet and become self-sufficient Also provides early care and education services to children that enhance their development and prepare them to be successful as they transition to kindergarten To be placed in housing you must first register with the homeless hotline by calling 330-452-4363 Early Childhood Learning Center Quality care and education to children ages 6 weeks to 11 years 330-453-7644 Early Head Start Provides year-round child care for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years (including those with disabilities) whose families are homeless and/or live below the poverty line Partnership with THRIVE To support and promote healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. We have a Community Health Worker on-site as an integral member of our team to educate and provide support to our clients. Housing Services To be placed in housing you must first register with the homeless hotline by calling 330-452-4363
  • Emergency Shelter for Women and Children - shelter for up to 90 days
  • Permanent Supportive Housing - low barrier affordable housing for disabled, chronically homeless persons paired with support services
  • Stark Area Rapid Re-Housing - program to connect eligible households with permanent housing quickly – short-term financial assistance and supportive services
231 6th St. NE
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 453-7644
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North Canton resources

Early Childhood Center

Nurtures young children, ages 3 to 5, as they begin to spend a few hours away from their homes, parents and familiar surroundings.
301 Portage St. NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 497-5608

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio mails kids one free book each month until his or her 5th birthday. Any child in Ohio between birth and age 5 is eligible for the program, which is available at no cost to families. Stark Library sponsors this program in Stark County.

Tiny Tots Preschool

Providing children with opportunities to grow socially, emotionally, physically and academically.
1720 Schneider St NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 494-7001
Massillon resources

Early Explorers Educational Child Care

Supporting children, ages birth to 12, with hands-on activities necessary to strengthen social, emotional, physical and kinesthetic development.
3775 Wales Ave. NW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 481-4097

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio mails kids one free book each month until his or her 5th birthday. Any child in Ohio between birth and age 5 is eligible for the program, which is available at no cost to families. Stark Library sponsors this program in Stark County.

Massillon AHEAD, Inc.

AHEAD Inc. is a non-profit organization supporting the social, emotional, and educational needs of families in the Massillon community.
1237 16th St NE
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 830-3900 ext. 50221
Uniontown resources

Family Engagement Center Early Childhood Resources

Ohio statewide resources for supporting your child's success from birth through Kindergarten.
1900 Kenny Rd.
Suite 1036
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-688-1112

The Goddard School: Uniontown

Pre-kindergarten and preschool services for infants, toddlers and young children.
1009 Boettler Road
Uniontown, OH 44685
Phone: (330) 896-8611
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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio mails kids one free book each month until his or her 5th birthday. Any child in Ohio between birth and age 5 is eligible for the program, which is available at no cost to families. Stark Library sponsors this program in Stark County.