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 and availability of early childhood programs in Summit County.


Ready Freddy–helping Summit County kids get ready for Kindergarten!!
Listo Francisco- ayudando a los niños de Summit a estar listos para el Kínder!!

April  2016 


    1. Using a stick, draw a shape in sand or snow while at the park. See if your preschooler would like to try. You can also “paint” shapes on the sidewalk or driveway using a paintbrush and water. Practice making BIG circles and then little ones, BIG squares and little ones, etc.

      Usando un palo, dibuja una forma en arena o nieve mientras que están en el parque. Vea si su hijo preescolar quisiera intentar. Usted también puede “pintar” formas en la acera o entrada de un auto con un pincel y agua. Práctica haciendo círculos grandes y pequeños, cuadrados grandes y pequeños, etc..

      1. Play games during bath time to help your child learn new words. Take turns dropping toys in the water. Say, “Watch it sink!” or “It floats!”

      Jueguen durante la hora del baño para ayudar a su hijo a aprender palabras nuevas. Se toman turnos para colocar juguetes en el agua. Decir, “velo hundirse!” o “Flota”.



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.