A reminder of some of our local, every day heroes…

Oscar nominee, Julianne Moore, recently called upon our nation’s leaders to Invest in US by highlighting the dedication and commitment of home child care providers. Please enjoy her video below, and see how investments in quality programs pay off for a lifetime…





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

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

March  2014

Freddy1. Haga contacto visual con su hijo. Platique de sus actividades diarias mientras las está haciendo (p.e. cambiando pañales o cocinando la cena). Utilice el idioma en el que se siente más a gusto.

Make eye contact with your child.  Talk about your daily tasks while you are doing them (e.g. changing a diaper or making dinner).  Use the language you are most comfortable speaking

2. Los artículos de casa como tazas de medir, cucharas y tazas, y juguetes ayudan a que su hijo aprenda. Tenga una caja de herramientas seguras para que el niño explore y juegue. ¡Los niños aprenden jugando!

Everyday household items, such as measuring cups and spoons, and toys help children learn.  Have a box of safe tools and toys available for children to explore and play with.  Children learn by playing!



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 Services/Programs are offered through Early Childhood Options

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

 Early/Head Start- The Summit County Early/Head Start program is a comprehensive continuum of support and education to families and children zero to five years in age.  Our Early/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.