August 2, 2019

Canton Repository spotlights SPARK program in article about the importance of reading to children before kindergarten

Studies show children who read with a parent or caregiver before entering kindergarten have increased vocabulary and comprehend learning materials more quickly. SPARK, which stands for Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids, is a parent-focused intervention program that gets kids ready for kindergarten. The Canton Repository recently spotlighted the program in an article about reading to children before kindergarten to spur vocabulary and comprehension. [More]
July 26, 2019

Early Childhood Resource Center helping expand in-home child care centers

The city of Canton is trying to increase in-home child care centers and awarded the Early Childhood Resource Center a grant last year to fund training and licensing for in-home providers. The initiative helps people become employed with a business of their own while also helping families in their immediate area that need child care options. The Canton Repository recently wrote about the initiative. [More]
July 19, 2019

ECRC Community Chronicle: Books - the magic our children need

The Early Childhood Resource Center works 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. The latest issue of the ECRC Community Chronicle newsletter highlights the importance of getting books into homes and provides recommendations for children's books for summer reading, while also providing an update on the ECRC partnership with the GAR Foundation to give Akron's youngest children a school readiness boost and more. [More]
June 6, 2019

Early Childhood Resource Center hosts screening of new documentary about early care and education

The Early Childhood Resource Center recently hosted a showing of No Small Matter, a documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Craig Jacobs of Chicago, on the limitless benefits of early childhood education. The Canton Repository featured an opinion piece about the documentary screening and the importance of early childhood education. [More]
March 19, 2019

Early Childhood Resource Center releases spring 2019 training calendar

The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) has released its spring 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, with many classes offered at no charge. [More]
February 4, 2019

Early Childhood Resource Center part of $618,000 GAR Foundation initiative to advance quality in Akron preschools

The GAR Foundation recently announced the launch of a new $618,000 initiative designed to advance early childhood learning in Akron’s neighborhoods with the greatest needs. The initiative is a collaboration between GAR Foundation, the Early Childhood Resource Center, Summit Education Initiative and Kent State University’s Center for Public Policy and Health. [More]
December 6, 2018

Early Childhood Resource Center: School Readiness is a Family Affair

The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) features a number of success stories in its 2018 impact report, including a story about how SPARK is making a difference in the lives of one mother and her son. SPARK, which stands for Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids, is a parent-focused intervention program that gets kids ready for kindergarten. [More]
November 15, 2018

WOSU Public Media: SPARK prepares Ohio preschoolers for kindergarten success

SPARK, which stands for Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids and is managed and operated by the Early Childhood Resource Center, is a parent-focused intervention program that gets kids ready for kindergarten. WOSU Public Media recently published a story about SPARK and its success preparing children to be ready for school and the significant results the program has had over the years. [More]
September 28, 2018

SPARK an important part of school’s literacy plan

Fairless Local Schools in Stark County is focused on reading readiness, targeting children before they start school by offering books and literacy programs—and the SPARK kindergarten readiness program, which is managed and operated by the Early Childhood Resource Center, is an important part of the district’s literacy plan. [More]
August 24, 2018

Early Childhood Resource Center impact report showcases work done throughout six-county service area

The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) has released its impact report for fiscal year 2018. The report features the impacts the ECRC made between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. The report shows the multifaceted, highly collaborative and widely productive work the center is now doing throughout its six-county service area. [More]

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