April 9, 2015

Early Childhood Resource Center opens neighborhood resource rooms

The following article about neighborhood resource rooms from the Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) appears in the most recent issue of the ECRC Community Chronicle newsletter. Read the complete newsletter for information about the importance of investing in quality early education, plus news updates and more.

Resource Rooms Opening for South End Families

Phase 2 of the ECRC’s Neighborhood Approach has begun. Once again, we’re busy bringing early childhood resources right to those in our community who need them the most. Thanks to funding from Incept, and in cooperation with Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services, residents at the Linwood Acres and Jackson Sherrick subsidized apartment complexes will now have access to fully equipped family resource rooms.

The resource rooms are scaled-down versions of the ECRC’s Inspiration Station family learning space. They’re safe spaces where families can learn, play, and explore. Each room will offer a home living/dramatic play area with a kitchen and dress-up clothing, a creative area stocked with art supplies, and a cozy area with a couch, comfortable chairs, and lots of children’s books.

The ECRC and its many community partners, including Allen Elementary School, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, Jackson Sherrick Church of God, the Stark County District Library, and the Stark County Park District, will offer weekly family programming in the resource rooms. A family resource specialist will be on site weekly as well, to connect families with community resources as needed. Both resource rooms will host open house events at the end of March and will then be available for families to use.

The Early Childhood Resource Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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