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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ECRC Community Chronicle: Focusing on fathers

The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) has a number of programs and services to ensure fathers have the skills and knowledge they need to be active parents. The ECRC approaches this work with two goals: Working for systems change, to ensure fathers are afforded the opportunity to be a meaningful part of their children’s lives and working directly with fathers, to help them develop the skills they need to be great dads. The latest issue of the ECRC Community Chronicle newsletter focuses on fathers, highlighting stories of some of the fathers served and the importance fatherhood plays in helping change communities.[More]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Outreach

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]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Outreach

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]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Outreach

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]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Outreach

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]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Outreach