State Support Team Region 9 Serving Schools in Holmes, Stark, and Wayne Counties

Stark State Advanced Technology Center ~ 6057 Strip Ave. N.W., North Canton, OH 44720  
Telephone: 330-492-8136  ~  Toll Free: 1-800-733-7732

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Early Learning and School Readiness

Early Childhood Professional Development Brochure

The Early Learning and School Readiness Team provides services to school districts, Head Starts, County Boards of DD, parents, Help Me Grow and other agencies and programs that serve children ages birth through eight, both general and special education.  Services are designed to support successful involvement of high quality practices with local, state, and federal mandates and initiatives.  Services include technical assistance, professional development and consultation around the following areas:

Early Learning and Development Standards

State Assessment

Itinerant Network

Special Education Compliance

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports

Continuous Improvement Efforts

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Early Childhood Education

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) Training The KRA trainings are scheduled in STARS and will be added throughout the summer to prepare teachers for the 2020 KRA-R administration.  Teachers will need to register in STARS to secure a spot for training. Search using the Keyword term KRA.

Registration for the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Revised (KRA-R) Virtual Training from June to October 2021 is now open through the STARS training and registration application within your OHID Account for June and July events.  All events will be available for registration by the end of July. Please see the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Revised (KRA-R) Virtual Training Dates

*Detailed PDF on how to find training search in STARS click HERE

Early Learning Assessment (ELA) TrainingRegistration is now open for the Early Learning Assessment training through the Ohio Professional Registry (OPR) at

The Initial Training is for new users of the Early Learning Assessment who have not previously completed an ELA training.  (If you previously completed an in-person or hybrid ELA training, you do not need to complete the initial training.)  Please see the ELA 2021 Training Schedule

Select INFOhio classes are now Ohio Approved for Step Up To Quality. 
Please see the link for details.

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The Great Start for Great Futures (GSGF) Coalition is a group of Stark County early education providers, agencies, advocates, and community leaders collaborating to improve the outcomes of prenatal to kindergarten children. See the complete GSGF flyer for a list of organizations committed to the GSGF initiatives.

To ensure all children have access and opportunity to high-quality early education to ensure kindergarten readiness in all (early learning) educational domains.

If we close the achievement/opportunity gap in the areas of literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional development for children prenatal to three, then we will see kindergarten readiness and the establishment of a solid foundation for academic growth.

Great Start for Great Futures Flyer

Great Start for
Great Futures Flyer

The informational flyer listing all of the partnering organizations committed to the GSGF initiative.


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Ohio Department of Education - Early Learning News

Ohio’s Early Learning & Development Standards (OELDS)

Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association (OCCRA)

Early Learning Assessment (ELA)

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)

Welcome to Kindergarten - Ohio Department of Education

Step Up To Quality (SUTQ)

Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) Guide

Early Childhood Program Timeline & Requirements

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Third Grade Reading Guarantee (TGRG)

SST9 Professional Development Calendar - (Located on SST9 homepage)

SST9 Early Learning Resources 2015-2016  (LiveBinder)

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Early Childhood Team Contact Information

Debbi Bailey
Consultant, Early Learning
330-492-8136 ext. 1448

Leeann Weigman
Early Childhood Special Education Consultant
330-492-8136 ext. 1443

Susan Korey-Hirko
Consultant, Early Learning
330-492-8136 ext. 1405

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