Education resources

Education resources are available to support the behavior, emotional wellbeing and academic performance of children throughout Stark County. Find programs and services dedicated to providing a strong educational foundation for local students of all ages and abilities.

Early education programs

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

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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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

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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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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Head Start

Free learning and development services for children from low-income families, ages birth to 5. Visit the website to find programming near you.
3015 Mahoning Rd. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 456-6218
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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

McKinley Early Childhood Center

Affordable child care for children 6 weeks to 12 years old.
1350 Cherry Ave. NE
Canton, OH 44714
Phone: (330) 454-4800
Hours: 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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
Stark County public schools

Contact your local school district to learn about the childhood education programs available near you:

Alliance City School District

Aviator Food Bags: Weekend food bags for students who may not have access to consistent meals throughout the school year. Free GED classes for individuals in Alliance. Register for morning classes Mondays at 8:30 a.m. or evening classes Mondays at 5 p.m. (registrations may take up to three hours).
200 Glamorgan St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-2100
GED Classes: 330-829-2267
GED Classes: 330-829-2267

Canton City School District

Offers Adult Career & Technical Education - learn more at www.ccsdistrict.org/adulted FREE Classes at Aspire of Stark County:
  • Earn a High School Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Improve English (ESOL-English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Prepare for pre-employment testing
  • Study for entrance exams
  • Brush up on skills for success in college or training programs
  • Improve your current job skills
  • Help your children with homework
  • Gain personal enrichment and satisfaction
305 McKinley Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 438-2500
Adult Career & Technical Education: (330) 438-2556
Adult Career & Technical Education: (330) 438-2556
ASPIRE: (330) 438-2559

Canton Local School District

Backpack Program - Weekend backpack meals every Friday for qualifying students. Career programs offered through the South Stark Career Academy.
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

Career Tech information at jackson.stark.k12.oh.us/Page/1911
7602 Fulton Dr.
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 830-8000

Lake Local School District

Career programs offered through the Stark Career Compact:
  • Career-based intervention (CBI)
  • Health tech
  • Legal studies
  • Marketing & business management
Performing Arts Summer Spectacular: A unique six-week theater camp for students entering seventh through 12th grade that culminates in the performance of a musical production.
436 King Church Ave. SW
Uniontown, OH 44685
Phone: (330) 877-9383
Stark Career Compact: (330) 877-4282
Stark Career Compact: (330) 877-4282

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

Career Technical Education - Helping students to develop professional skills and experience to prepare them for future employment:
  • Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
  • Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
  • Skills USA
  • Business Professionals of America (BPA)
  • Educators Rising
  • Junior Achievement
930 17th St. NE
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 830-3900

Minerva Local School District

Free GED classes for students in Minerva. Register for classes Mondays at 9 a.m. (registrations may take up to three hours).
406 East St.
Minerva, OH 44657
Phone: (330) 868-4332
GED Classes: (330) 438-2559
GED Classes: (330) 438-2559

North Canton City School District

Career programs offered through the Stark Career Compact:
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Business management
  • Construction tech
  • Culinary arts
  • Interactive media
  • Medical technology
  • Pre-engineering
  • Teaching professions
  • Video production
525 7th St. NE
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 497-5600
Stark Career Compact: (330) 497-5620
Stark Career Compact: (330) 497-5620

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. Career tech classes offered.
4201 13th St. SW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 477-8121

Plain Local School District

Career Tech information available at plainlocal.org//career-tech-overview
901 44th St. NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone: (330) 492-3500

Sandy Valley Local School District

Career tech classes are offered.
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
Adult education programs

Canton City School District

Offers Adult Career & Technical Education - learn more at www.ccsdistrict.org/adulted FREE Classes at Aspire of Stark County:
  • Earn a High School Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • Improve English (ESOL-English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Prepare for pre-employment testing
  • Study for entrance exams
  • Brush up on skills for success in college or training programs
  • Improve your current job skills
  • Help your children with homework
  • Gain personal enrichment and satisfaction
305 McKinley Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 438-2500
Adult Career & Technical Education: (330) 438-2556
Adult Career & Technical Education: (330) 438-2556
ASPIRE: (330) 438-2559

Bridges

Bridges is a voluntary program for young adults in the foster care system who are ages 18, 19 or 20. It provides guidance and support during the transition to adulthood for individuals who are in school, working or have a qualifying medical condition.
Phone: (614)-490-4357

The English Learning Center

English as a second language (ESL) services for adults in Stark County.
619 Tuscarawas St. W
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 452-7443
Helpful links

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Find research-based education resources, tips and ideas for families.

Ohio Department of Education Parenting Guide

Resources to help guide a child’s education from preschool to graduation.

Ohio Department of Education Parenting Topics

Resources to help parents with everything from gifted education to graduation requirements.

Online Homeschooling Resources

Whether you’ve made the decision to homeschool or you’re still considering the option, find resources offering help and guidance.

U.S. Department of Education Resources for Parents

National education resources and information for students of all ages.

Bold Beginning!

Access local resources for all things related to pregnancy and early childhood, including information about milestones and healthy beginnings.