“Inspire students and impact our community.”
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“Inspire students and impact our community.”
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“Inspire students and impact our community.”
Dark-haired preschool girl in a pink shirt
“Inspire students and impact our community.”
A teacher helping a preschool girl print her name
“Inspire students and impact our community.”
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“Inspire students and impact our community.”
Preschool boy in a blue shirt playing with interlocking blocks
“Inspire students and impact our community.”
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Early Childhood Center

Mary L. Evans Early Childhood Center

Classrooms are balanced between typical peers and special education children, and applicants are screened to ensure a healthy compatibility in each of the half-day sessions for children ages three, four and five.

Busing is available to ensure convenient access to the centrally located Early Childhood Center. Visit our Department of Transportation (Bus Garage) page for ECC bus routes.

We invite you to come tour the Early Childhood Center and see for yourself how we’re starting students off on the right educational path. If you would like to schedule a tour or discuss registration, please email janet.peare@northcantonschools.org or call 330-497-5608. Enrollment is open to North Canton residents.

The Mary L. Evans Early Childhood Center, which is operated by the North Canton City School District, has been recognized by the Ohio Department of Education as a 5-star Step Up To Quality preschool. Our dedicated staff members have advanced credentials and skillsets that focus on the needs of individual children so that they develop the foundational skills of peers their age prior to kindergarten. Our teachers follow the Ohio Early Learning Standards and Developmental Standards that will prepare students for the K-5 curriculum used by the North Canton City School District. The Early Childhood Center maintains smaller classroom ratios to nurture the personalized instruction you would expect from an educational provider. Students may participate in art education and physical education classes on a weekly basis from a certified and licensed teacher. We also have two speech pathologists on staff and a school psychologist, as well as access to a school nurse provided by Akron Children’s Hospital and support for those students who require occupational and/or physical therapy. Our focus is on developing the social-emotional and academic nature of each child through individualized, small group and large group interactions.


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301 Portage Street NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720-3417
Phone:  330-497-5608
Fax:  330-966-0703
 Mrs. Janet Peare
Mrs. Janet Peare

Morning and Afternoon Schedules

Morning classes:
9:05 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Afternoon classes:
1:05 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
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