"Ignite a passion for learning"
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"Ignite a passion for learning"
preschool students holding musical instruments
"Ignite a passion for learning"
two preschool boys and a preschool girl listening to a teacher read a story
"Ignite a passion for learning"
a preschool girl in a pink dress and two preschool boys watching a teacher
"Ignite a passion for learning."
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Early Childhood Center

Mary L. Evans Early Childhood Center

Classrooms are balanced between typical peers and peers with special needs, 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, but not guaranteed for all of our students, 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 tour the Early Childhood Center at our Open House in August 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 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 three 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.

One Free Book Every Month for Children Under Age Five

The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library mails kids one book each month until their fifth birthday. All kids in Ohio between birth and age 5 are eligible to be enrolled in the program at no cost to their family. Through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and various local affiliates, this program is available at no cost to families.
Caregivers can enroll their kids at this link.
Upcoming Events

Good Friday

Fri Apr 7 2023


Sun Apr 9 2023

Cinco De Mayo

Fri May 5 2023

Staff Work Day

Fri May 26 2023
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301 Portage Street NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720-3417
Phone:  330-497-5608
Fax:  330-966-0703

ECC Office Phone (330) 497-5608

Mrs Janet Peare, Principal

[email protected]

Mrs Carol Hill, Secretary

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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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