Early Childhood Resource Center | Nonprofit Spotlight

Promoting the healthy development of young minds is the main focus of the Early Childhood Resource Center. The agency’s goal is to reach all families with young children, including those who are underserved.

Promoting the healthy development of young minds is the main focus of the Early Childhood Resource Center. The agency’s goal is to reach all families with young children, including those who are underserved.

“We target families who may benefit from opportunities that enrich their children’s lives and offer programs that prepare these children for kindergarten,” said Scott Hasselman, executive director.

The ECRC provides programs to families with young children (birth to age 10) both on site and in the community. In addition, ECRC seeks to be leaders and advocates at the state level by promoting professionalism of the early childhood field.

The agency also works with those working in the field of early childhood to ensure professional development, child care center accreditation and best practices.

“It’s the ECRC staff ’s openness and willingness to help people that make them so effective,” said Tracy Williams, educational curriculum specialist for multi-development services. “They understand that the people they’re helping have real lives and roadblocks.”

nonprofit_2Among the agency’s achievements in 2011: completed nearly 450 hours of high-quality professional development to 2,800 early
childhood educators; provided professional development throughout Ohio at community colleges and universities; planned school-age programs; opened an early childhood demonstration classroom designed to spark imagination in children, families and educators; provided more than 150 high-quality learning experiences that support school readiness to more than 2,600 children and families; delivered 229 hours of evidenced-based parenting education programs to more than 176 parents throughout nine neighborhoods in Stark County; and was awarded designation as an “approved provider” by the International Association for
Continuing Education and Training (IACET), allowing the agency to issue continuing education units (CEUs) to educators and related professionals.

“The ECRC was my beginning,” said Len Stovell, a family child care provider who received her child development associate at the ECRC. “They taught me how to work with children in a professional way. I had always thought of child care as a job, but the ECRC taught me that it was a profession.”

EARLY CHILDHOOD RESOURCE CENTER

WHERE: 1718 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton OH 44703-1214; www.ecresourcecenter.org.

WHAT: Promotes the healthy development of young children through early education and care through comprehensive programming.

BOARD MEMBERS: Bradley Belden, chairman; Jennifer Deuble, secretary; Michelle Schuld, treasurer; and Joni Close, Trina Danzy, Joseph French, Gretchen Graham, Sister Judith Ann Karam, Amanda Kendle, Sister Catherine Walsh and Wuyanbu Zutali.

PROCEEDS: Support the quality of education and care for all young children in Stark County.

DONATIONS: 1718 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton OH 44703.