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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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]

tags: Early Childhood Resource Center, Outreach

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]

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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]

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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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Early Childhood Resource Center releases Summer 2018 Training Calendar

The Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) has released its Summer 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