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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I have seen the difference in knowledge and job performance from my staff who have attending the CDA trainings offered through this organization. I have also found valuable resources myself in my visits & experiences with the ECRC. I absolutely love the Caring for the Caregiver events which goes to show that the women and men involved with this organization truly do care about others (including children) and their well-being.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to implement the information that I obtain in my job duties & interactions with children from attending the trainings provided.

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make sure that it is more well known throughout the surrounding areas. It would be very beneficial if more people knew about this wonderful place!

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

There is always a friendly voice on the other end of the phone and willing to help with any issues I come across. Every year this facility gets better and better. Every community should be as lucky as ours and have this resource.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sending staff for training sessions and working in the lab to creative fun learning materials.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Duplicate it so it would not be a half hour drive from my center

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

The leadership and focus of the ECRC is top notch! Having worked with these men and women for the last 2 years they truely have a passion for what they do. The outreach to the community and the services they provide has made the Early Childhood Resurce Centers one of the most vital education resources in Stark County!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

PArticipating on it's board and working with it's leadership.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Tell the organizations story better. The ECRC remains an under tapped resource. We need to spread the word to the public about this wonderful organization.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I teach at Walsh University and take my teacher candidates to the ECRC every semester for an overview of all they offer to pre-service educators and current teachers. I am amazed with every visit the willingness to invite our teacher candidates to visit and the collaborative efforts the ECRC team affords our student populations. This has been a wonderful service and partnership to our faculty, universities, and general population. Thank you ECRC for your vision for our children, continued support of the greater community, and your investment to the future educators of America.

Connie Smith PhDc.
Walsh University
North Canton, Ohio

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The willingness of all staff to accommodate our university students

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I would love to offer a collaborative lesson at the ECRC for our students and title the day, "Make-it-take -it". This would be a wonderful partnership and lesson opportunity.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

The Early Childhood Resource Center provides extensive outreach to our community touching the lives of both children and adults. As a YMCA Child Care Director, I saw the the Early Childhood Resource Center provided support for staff training. On several ocassions, staff members came to our center to teach and offer support. Providing low cost memberships to the Production Lab, made it easier for the Teachers to make manipulatives, bulletin boards, or prepare activities for classroom projects.

As the Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Stark County, I still see the continuation of community support. The BBBS Staff utilize the Production Lab to prepare bulletin boards to post in the YMCA branches, make pieces for projects and activities to do with the children and laminate important items for safe keeping. In the fall, the Resource Center provided a wonderful speaker for a training we held for our Adult Mentors. The quality of the training was top notch and the low cost made it possibile for us to provide. The Resource Center has a wonderful library for the staff to find books to share with the children and also books and CDs that can be incorporated into trainings.

We are very thankful to have the services of the Early Childhood Resource Center available to so many non-profit agencies, schools, and churches.

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I have had the wonderful opportunity to see the benefits of the training personally and with staff members. Throughout the training process, I saw the Teachers grow in their knowledge, independence, and confidence.

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expand the training resources available to the community and expand the Production Lab hours. With the number of people using the Production Lab, a larger facility with expanded space for the Production Lab would be helpful.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

I volunteer for this group because if my interest in early childhood education. This organization has a committed group of people dedicated to advancing the quality of the learning experience for pre-schoolers. I have been impressed with their ability to provide resources that have made a difference in both the lives of children and their educators. You couldn't find a better group to volunteer for. Even with all of their successes they are pushing forward with even better programs and great new facilities.

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I've seen the dedication of the people that they serve in their annual appreciation lunch, and I've heard the stories of many people as to how the ECRC has affected their lives at ECRC community breakfasts.

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Allow for more direct community involvement. It seems like they are on their way with a new facility.

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

How wonderful it was for me to be made aware of the Resource Center services offered to our community! As an educator working as a volunteer for our church, I was pleasantly surprised by the generosity of the organization to those of us who use the services they have to offer. Upon my first visit to the facility, I was greeted and given an instructional tour of what was available to me by a friendly staff member who was very patient in answering all my questions.
The center is a user friendly environment. A clean work area is available to create and preserve projects for the children back at our home church. Everything is at your fingertips and if something seems to have run out or cannot be found, again the staff is on hand to help you.
I am so appreciative that they are open to serve our area in such a meaningful and giving way. They are truly a blessing to all of us who have found them . They go above and beyond all expectations!

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Canton, Ohio

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the size of the building to allow greater space for a larger work area. Counters and tables can get crowded when several people are there working at the same time. I understand that they are moving or have already moved. Hopefully, that problem will be rectified by the move.

February 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 5, 2011

The ECRC has offered unparalleled service to our community and I have used their resource room for BOTH of my jobs for the past 5 years. I work full time as an early childhood teacher and am director of a children's ministry program in the city of Massillon. I am so thankful for all they do and can't wait to see what they are able to achieve when they expand.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The resource center.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the hours they are open!

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

ECRC serves early childhood programs at all levels. As a director who has been a member of a training group, our center has been able to make positive changes. These changes continue to help us impact the children and families in our community in a positive way.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving funds and training to create an more effective operating system to serve young children and their families.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create more satellite resource labs.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Impacts early childhood programs from children through administration.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

The Early Childhood Resource Center is a wonderful resource for our community. I have a masters degree in teaching and have been in the field oer 20 years. I have lived in several states and cities. This is the first resource center of this type I have ever encountered. In the past as an early childhood teacher I was able to utilize the center to make activities, books and all sorts of manipulatives for my classroom for free!

Currently I am an Even Start teacher and utilize the center to bring young parents in and allow them to make educational manipulatives to use with their children in their own homes. Also my students are able to use the resource center on their own. This provides an excellent opportunity for the families to provide learning opportunities at home to their children. My young mothers are excited to use the ECRC. I cannot say enough good things about it.

I would also like to say the staff there is very helpful. They give ideas, helpful tips, demonstrate how to use the equipment and are always on hand to answer questions. They are as big a blessing to us as the resource center itself!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Experiencing the excitment among my adult students as they make learning games, books and manipulatives to use with their children.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their resources to provide more opportunities for the people of the community to help our young children experience a variety learning opportunities.

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