State Support Team Region 9 Serving Schools in Holmes, Stark, and Wayne Counties
2100 38th Street NW  Canton, OH    44709   ~   330-492-8136  ~  1-800-733-7732   ~   Fax: 330-493-9135

Early Learning

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Early Learning and School Readiness

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

  • Physical Well Being and Motor Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Approaches Toward Learning
  • Cognition and General Knowledge
  • Language & Literacy Development


State Assessment

  • Early Learning Assessment (ELA)
  • Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE)


Itinerant Network

  • Supports itinerant teachers in the use of the Consultative Model


Special Education Compliance

  • Implementation of Ohio’s Operating Standards for Children with Disabilities
  • ETR and IEP Training
  • SPP Indicators 6 (Preschool LRE), 7 (Preschool Child Outcomes), 12 (Early Childhood Transition)


Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports

Continuous Improvement Efforts

  • Step Up To Quality
  • Ohio Improvement Process



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)

Early Childhood Program Timeline & Requirements

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Third Grade Reading Guarantee (TGRG)

SST9 Professional Development Calendar

SST9 Early Learning Resources 2015-2016  (Live Binder)


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