Early Childhood Options

Our Vision: A community that supports the learning and development of all young children.

Our Mission: To promote a collaborative system that improves the quality, affordability of early childhood programs in Summit County.


What an honor!

We are proud to share that the Rural Resort Region Northeast Early Childhood Council is the recipient of the 2015 John R. Morgan Jr. Grantee Leadership Award. Countless Thank Yous to each and every community partner who helped to achieve this success. It truly takes a village!



Ready Freddy–helping Summit County kids get ready for Kindergarten!!

Listo Francisco- ayudando a los niños de Summit a estar listos para el Kínder!!

July 2015

Freddy1. Deje que su hijo lo vea escribiendo y leyendo. Aliente a su hijo cuando pretenda leer y comience a hacer garabatos. Tenga crayones o marcadores y pape disponible para que su hijo lo use.

Let your child see you reading and writing.  Encourage your child when she is pretending to read and beginning to scribble.  Keep crayons or markers and paper available for your child to use.

2. Cuente los escalones cuando sube o baja las escaleras. Ayude a su hijo a emparejar calcetines cuando doble la ropa limpia.

Count when you walk up or down stairs.  Let your children help you match socks when you are folding laundry.

3. Proporcione bloques o haga bloques con cajas para que su hijo los use para construir. Deje que su hijo juegue con ellos solo o con usted. Construya torres, y destrúyalas. Si su hijo es más grande, hable de cómo se sentiría si alguien más le destruye su torre sin preguntar.

Provide blocks or make blocks out of boxes for your child to use to build.  Let your child play with these alone or with you.  Build towers and knock them down.  If your child is older, talk about how it would feel if someone knocked down her tower without asking.

4. ¡Salga a jugar afuera! Encuentre un lugar seguro para gatear, correr, y saltar.

Play outside! Find a safe place for your child to crawl, run and skip.



Early Childhood Options’ Services & Programs

Child Care Resource and Referral– Child Care Resource and Referral meets a need that no one else does- providing the bridge between parents, providers, community leaders, and policymakers. By offering a unique blend of direct services and planning expertise, CCR&Rs help families and communities with children ages 0-8 to ensure that their children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed.

Right Start Project-In 2005 Summit County voters passed a local tax initiative to help support early care and learning. This program offers, Early Childhood Continuing Education Scholarships, Salary Supplement for Professionals, Quality Improvement Grants for Preschool Centers and Home Providers, and Other Collaborations with Local Agencies, see information page for more information about these partnerships.

Early Learning Ventures Alliance-Early Learning Ventures Alliance at Early Childhood Options will provide services and assistance in critical business functions such as Fiscal Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Administration, Operations & Development, Quality Improvement & Professional Development, and Referral to Supportive Services

Head Start 0-5- The Summit County Head Start 0-5 program is a comprehensive continuum of support and education to families and children zero to five years in age.  Our Early Head Start & Head Start program is a partnership between Summit County Government (grantee), Summit School District, Early Childhood Options and the Family & Intercultural Resource Center.

Early Childhood Council-The Rural Resort Region Northeast Division Early Childhood Council (RRR-NE) is a formal and voluntary partnership between Summit and Grand Counties. The Council promotes a child-centered school readiness system that fosters early learning, facilitates healthy child development and promotes family success in Grand and Summit Counties.


Early Childhood Options’ NEW Job Posting:  Head Start Family Engagement Specialist

Join a dynamic team that is working to improve the lives of children and families in Summit County.  We offer a supportive and flexible work environment with an emphasis on ongoing professional development of staff.  Early Childhood Options is looking for a new Head Start Family Engagement Specialist.

Requirements for this position include:

  • Enjoy working with families with children under 5 years of age
  • Education and experience in social services, early childhood, and/or related fields
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Excellent communication skills—verbal and written
  • Comfort working with computers and data entry
  • Knowledge of various word processing and computer programs
  • Experience working with families from diverse cultures and economic levels
  • Ability to network in order to provide a comprehensive approach to client service
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Love of learning and desire to continually improve services and program
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation (mileage costs reimbursed by agency)

This position’s duties include:

    • Assist families in enrollment process, goal setting, completing paperwork and meeting Early Head Start and Head Start requirements
    • Oversee eligibility, recruitment, selection and enrollment for program
    • Work with a variety of community partners including, but not limited to community child care programs, school district, public health, family center and social services
    • Maintain communication with enrolled families throughout the program year and assist in connecting families to resources
    • Attend community and program meetings and events
    • Coordinate and/or provide parent training opportunities
    • Complete all record-keeping and reporting required by the program

Benefits:  Competitive pay based on experience, education and knowledge of Summit community.  Quality health insurance or retirement plan option.  ECE college course scholarship opportunities.  Vacation/sick time offered.  Send resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Lowe at elowe@earlychildhoodoptions.org.