Mission & History

Mission of Early Childhood Options

The mission of Early Childhood Options is to promote a collaborative system that improves the quality, affordability and availability of early childhood programs in Summit County.

History of Early Childhood Options

Early Childhood Options (ECO) was established as the Summit County Child Care Resource and Referral Agency in 1991.  In 2001, after a 6-month community planning process, we were charged with expanding our scope of services to become a community based governing body responsible for overseeing the administration of long-term strategies to improve the quality of capacity of early care and learning in Summit County.  Today we are governed by a 15-person Board of Directors, representing Policy Makers Business Leaders, Summit School District, Public Nursing, Parents and Community Early Childhood Programs.

In 2005 Early Childhood Options led the charge to pass a local property tax to help support early care and learning.  In November of 2005 citizens of Summit County voted “yes” to pass measure 1A.  Work and programs supported by this tax initiative are now referred to as part of the Right Start Project.

Executive Directors of Early Childhood Options

  • 1990-1992 –  Sheila Groneman
  • 1992-2000 – Barbara Jackman
  • 2000-present – Lucinda Burns