Quality Child Care
A long-term initiative to improve early education and child care has helped to increase the number of nationally accredited child care centers from one to more than 50 in Stark County. The county was later chosen as one of eight U.S. sites to receive a $5 million SPARK Initiative grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton planning and overseeing efforts to prepare three- to six-year-olds for school.
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
Learn more at scfcanton.org.
Since 2001, the Stark Prescription Assistance Network of funders, social service agencies and health care providers has helped the uninsured, underinsured and Medicaid/Medicare population in Stark County obtain needed medications. This program has achieved more than $3 million in savings by identifying free or discounted drugs for people in need.
The Bethlehem Project improves access to dental care services for low-income children and their families via home visitations and case management to at-risk children up to three years of age. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton also worked with Mercy Medical Center to launch the hospital’s General Practice Residency in Dentistry and Dental Clinic that opened in 2007.
Based upon Gospel values, Catholic social teaching and the congregation's mission and beliefs as they are related to major societal challenges, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine has directed their foundations to confront key issues that impact the poor and underserved.
Therefore, the three Sisters of Charity Foundations remain committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved by understanding the root causes of poverty, nurturing the growth of healthy communities, emphasizing youth and family, and measuring the outcomes of these efforts.
Recent Blog Posts
December 17, 2021
Support from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton and Early Childhood Resource Center helps stabilize child care center operations
Early childhood staffing and finances have always been challenging. Even before the pandemic, many centers were struggling to stabilize operations. To provide local support, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton funded a pilot project that helped the directors of 10 Stark County child care centers stabilize workforce retention and financial viability. The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) is operating the project.
December 8, 2021
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood annually honors Central Neighborhood residents and staff who help partnering organizations fulfill their missions and make significant contributions to the vibrancy of the neighborhood. On November 18, more than 50 individuals gathered in a virtual celebration of these Champions of Central.
December 3, 2021
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton awards more than $2 million in grants for third and fourth quarters
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton Board of Directors has announced $2,031,754 in grants for the third and fourth quarters of 2021 to organizations serving Stark and surrounding counties. As need persists in the community, the foundation continues to effect systemic change by funding foundation-led initiatives, strategic collaborations and responsive efforts. This support is critical to ensuring the well-being of neighbors, friends and families.
November 10, 2021
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland part of local coalition that raises more than $5.8 million to start nonprofit newsroom
A coalition of Cleveland-based organizations - including the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland - and the American Journalism Project are partnering to launch an independent, community-led, nonprofit newsroom serving Cleveland. Cleveland’s newsroom, slated for launch in 2022, will produce high-quality journalism on a daily basis that centers community voices and lets residents help set the agenda for newsgathering. The coalition of philanthropies has raised more than $5.8 million to date for the organization.
November 2, 2021
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awarded 95 grants totaling $720,500 to South Carolina nonprofit organizations. Each organization is working to better the lives of those experiencing poverty in South Carolina. Since 1996, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded more than 3,200 grants to South Carolina nonprofits totaling nearly $81 million.
October 27, 2021
Foundation's Generative Spirits podcast features Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND, reflecting on 25 years working for the Diocese of Cleveland
The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland has released the latest episode of its podcast, Generative Spirits: Conversations with Catholic Sisters. In this two-part podcast, Sister Rita Mary Harwood, SND, reflects on more than 25 years working for the Diocese of Cleveland, where she initiated ministries to several historically marginalized groups, including the incarcerated, the LGBTQ community, migrant families and refugees.
October 22, 2021
The Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood annually honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the vibrancy of the Central neighborhood through its Champions of Central awards. Nominations for this year's Champions of Central awards are due by Wednesday, October 27. Champions of Central are ideally either residents of the Central neighborhood or staff members at Central-serving organizations who help partnering organizations fulfill their missions and make significant contributions to the vibrancy of the neighborhood.