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October 18, 2013
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Four from Stark Named as a School of Promise 

Congratulations go to Avondale Elementary School for being named a 2012-13 High Performing School of Honor and School of Promise by the Ohio Department of Education last Wednesday. Congratulations also go to Minerva High School, Frazer Elementary and Gorrell Elementary Schools for being named Schools of Promise. Both awards are given to schools that sustain high academic achievement among their students, including many from economically disadvantaged homes.  

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Stark County Awarded $412,000 as New State Funding Expands Quality Preschool

 Preschool Kids in Classroom

With the passage of House Bill 59, the Ohio General Assembly voted last June to increase the  state's investment in early childhood education by $10 million. That increase was to allow an additional 2,450 children to receive high quality preschool education in high need areas of the state throughout the 2013-14 academic year.[1] 


In order to insure that children were served as quickly as possible, funds were to be offered to existing high quality early learning programs that could immediately accommodate new children.


On Wednesday, October 9th, the Ohio Department of Education announced that Stark County will receive $412,000 of those funds through Early Childhood Expansion Grants to create 103 new preschool slots in the Canton City area.


The Canton City Schools will receive $252,000 of the award and will partner with the YWCA Early Childhood Learning Center and the JRC Learning Center (formerly the J.R. Coleman Center) to serve 63 additional students.[2] Also receiving funds were the Stark County Educational Service Center at $80,000 for 20 students and downtown Canton's A Place to Learn and Grow, also at $80,000 for 20 students.

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