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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Mark Cotleur has joined the Sisters of Charity Health System as senior vice president for fund development. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing fundraising on behalf of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Regina Health Center in Richfield, Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, and six outreach ministries in Ohio and South Carolina. [More]

tags: health care, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, Regina Health Center, Light of Hearts Villa, Building Healthy Communities, Catholic Community Connection, Early Childhood Resource Center, Healthy Learners, Joseph's Home, South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families

Early Childhood Resource Center releases Winter 2018 Training Calendar

The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) has released its Winter 2018 Training Calendar, which details all the upcoming professional development programs the ECRC has planned for the next three months. Activities include professional development opportunities for educators and care providers.[More]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Outreach

Early Childhood Resource Center showcases education in action

The Early Childhood Resource Center’s collaboration with Ohio Means Jobs is helping young people start their careers in early childhood. The center profiles a woman named Poetry who is doing just that in the latest issue of the ECRC Community Chronicle newsletter.[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]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Outreach

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