January 24, 2014

SPARK celebrates a decade of serving families

SPARK celebrated its 10th anniversary in late 2013 with more than 200 supporters gathering for a birthday event at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio. SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) is a highly effective, parent-focused kindergarten readiness program that works collaboratively with families, schools and communities. [More]
January 21, 2014

Canton Repository highlights 10 years of SPARK

SPARK, which stands for Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. The Canton Repository recently ran an article about SPARK, featuring one of the families the program helps and providing more information about the program. [More]
January 20, 2014

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awards $109,722 to Stark County nutrition-health-fitness program

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has awarded $109,722 over three years to the Friends of Stark Parks for the Live Well Stark County nutrition-health-fitness program. Funds will be used to support the program director for Live Well Stark County as the program continues to expand its mission of promoting policy and environmental changes that impact the health of Stark County residents.
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December 23, 2013

SPARK receives positive publicity in Akron Beacon Journal editorial and feature article

SPARK, a decade-old initiative of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton and now part of the Early Childhood Resource Center, was featured last week in both an article and an editorial in the Akron Beacon Journal. [More]
October 11, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton provides funds for community garden grants

Live Well Stark County, a volunteer group of community leaders, recently awarded five grants of up to $4,000 for the creation or expansion of community garden and nutrition education programs for low-income Stark County residents. Grant funds were provided by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton. [More]
October 3, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton transitions SPARK Ohio management to the Early Childhood Resource Center

After a decade of managing SPARK Ohio, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton has turned over management and operation of the program to the Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) in Canton. [More]
August 1, 2013

Eight years of results show SPARK Ohio children begin school better prepared to succeed

For the eighth year in a row, evaluation results have shown that SPARK children begin school better prepared to succeed than their peers. SPARK children have outscored their non-SPARK peers on the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment—Literacy every year since 2005 (when the first SPARK children began kindergarten), to a statistically significant degree. [More]
July 30, 2013

SPARK Ohio expands its reach to four new sites

SPARK Ohio continues to expand its reach around the state by adding four new sites for the 2013-2014 school year, as well as being replicated in Franklin County. This fall, 16 Ohio school district neighborhoods in nine different counties will be working toward positive outcomes and smoother transitions into kindergarten as a result of SPARK. [More]
July 18, 2013

With support from Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, community agencies increase efficiency and services

Basic aid and emergency assistance providers like Goodwill Industries can attest to the steady need for food, clothing, and shelter for individuals in Stark County. After many years of discussion and debate in the community, a formal group of nonprofits (including the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton) began meeting in October 2009 to improve the efficiency of providing emergency assistance to individuals in Stark County. [More]
July 15, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awards $628,700 in grants during first half of 2013

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awarded more than $628,000 in grants to 11 organizations in the Canton area during the first and second quarters of 2013 to address the needs of the poor and underserved in the community. [More]

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