Early Childhood Resource Center

early childhood resource center

As a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System and in the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, the mission of the Early Childhood Resource Center is to promote the healthy development of young children by improving the quality of their early education and care through comprehensive programming, resources, and support services for families and early childhood professionals to be leaders and advocates at the state level, and to promote the professionalism of the early childhood field.

early childhood resource center

The early years of a child's life are critical to healthy brain development and to their physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth and progression. Research has shown that a child's future academic success culminates in a process that begins with experiences in infancy through the preschool years. It is imperative that children be given optimal chances to develop in high quality environments with skilled and loving caregivers.

The Early Childhood Resource Center was established in 2000 in response to a community needs assessment in 1998 through which the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton identified a need for available, good quality, trustworthy child care in Stark County, Ohio. The Early Childhood Resource Center is an integral part of the foundation's Quality Child Care Initiative.

Learn more at www.ecresourcecenter.org.


Early Childhood Resource Center

1718 Cleveland Avenue NW
Canton, OH 44703

p: 330 491 3272

Established 2000

In the spirit of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, the mission of the Early Childhood Resource Center is to promote the healthy development of young children by improving the quality of their early education and care through comprehensive programming, resources, and support services for families and early childhood professionals to be leaders and advocates at the state level, and to promote the professionalism of the early childhood field.

Scott Hasselman

Executive Director,
Early Childhood Resource Center

Scott Hasselman

Scott Hasselman has been executive director of Early Childhood Resource Center since 2010. Previously, Hasselman served as a vice president for Pressley Ridge, Inc., a multi-state organization that provides treatment services to developmentally challenged children and their families. He also previously served as executive director for Pressley Ridge's Ohio and Maryland operations. He is a board member of the Foster Family Treatment Association and serves as a peer reviewer on the Council of Accreditation. Read More »

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Early Childhood Resource Center hosts “The Big, Big, Really Big Toy Box” event September 24

The Early Childhood Resource Center is hosting an afternoon of family fun Sunday, September 24, from 2 to 6 p.m. at The Big, Big, REALLY BIG Toy Box fundraiser, which transforms the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts into a giant toy box. Children (ages 1-8) and their families can see their favorite characters come to life and also participate in exciting family activities and interactive experiences.[More]

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Early Childhood Resource Center reaches out in at-risk neighborhoods

The mission of the Early Childhood Resource Center is to promote the healthy development of young children by strengthening families, improving the quality of early learning experiences, increasing school and community readiness, and informing public policy. To help accomplish its mission, the center holds a number of summer programs in Canton’s neighborhoods. Lywanda, Nickie and their six children are regulars at the center’s summer neighborhood programs and were profiled on the center’s website.[More]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Outreach

Early Childhood Resource Center releases Spring-Summer 2017 Training Calendar

The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) has released its Spring-Summer 2017 Training Calendar, which details all the upcoming programs the ECRC has planned for the next three months. Activities include family programs and professional development opportunities for educators and care providers.[More]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Outreach

Early Childhood Resource Center opens new interactive texture garden

The Early Childhood Resource Center has installed a permanent new interactive texture garden and hosted a grand opening Thursday, May 11. The garden, which is the first installation of its kind in Stark County, is designed to provide children with a one-of-a-kind sensory experience. [More]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Outreach

Health care and community leaders welcome new SCHS president & CEO at GCHI event

Cleveland and Northeast Ohio medical and community leaders recently gathered at the Global Center for Health Innovation to welcome Thomas J. Strauss as president & CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System. More than 300 community and industry leaders gathered for the event, which featured a keynote from Tom, as well as remarks from Sister Judith Ann Karam CSA, congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine; Robert Spangler M.D., board chair of the Sisters of Charity Health System; and Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. [More]

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