1909 - YWCA incorporated and received its first charter

1910 - 20 gym classes, as well as sewing, millinery, dressmaking, cooking,

English Literature, German, French and guitar classes were held

1911 - The Sunshine Society was organized which was the

forerunner for the Girl Reserves, later known as the Y-Teens

1912 - Underhill property on South Market was purchased by YWCA Board,

becoming the first facility to house a gym and dorm

1916 - First swimming class was held

1927 - First social dance was held on a Saturday night

1935 - YWCA collaborated with YMCA to sponsor free educational classes to unemployed women and men

1949 - Capital Campaign for a new building began

1951 - The 6th Street building dedication took place

1986 - YWCA converted the residence to an emergency homeless shelter and swimming pool closed

1989 - YWCA opened the Ralston-Farrell Family Shelter

1992 - YWCA was the first in Stark County to be awarded low income Housing Tax Credits

1993 - Infant/Toddler Center opened above old pool area

1994 - New Beginnings Transitional Housing facility opened

1995 - Preschool expanded to serve 52 children

1997 - School-age program expanded to year round

1999 - Capital Campaign - major renovations to 6th Street building

2000 - Kresge Challenge Grant received

2001 - YWCA opened Gateway Estates, permanent supportive housing for the hard-to-house homeless

2002 - YWCA Childcare Center received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children

2004 - YWCA received HeadStart Plus Grant, serving 151 children & their families

2004 - YWCA led a consortium with other childcare centers to initiate a HeadStart Plus program in Stark County.

2005 - Received a two year Early Learning Initiative (ELI) serving 192 children through out Stark County

2006 - The YWCA brought Canton Preschool under its umbrella

2007 - Early Childhood Learning Center is re-accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

2008 - Awarded tax credits for Gateway House II

2008 - YWCA Emergency Shelter & New Beginnings Housing receive the ODOD Director's Award for Excellence in Housing & Community Service

2009 - Awarded position of umbrella agency for Rapid Re-housing

2009 - Designed & implemented a Rapid Re-housing program for Stark County

2009 - YWCA of Canton receives the Fair Housing Award for Outstanding Service in the Area of Fair Housing, Stark County Association of Realtors

2009 - Canton Preschool awarded 2 Stars in Step Up To Quality

2010 - Construction start on Gateway House II

2010 - Early Childhood Learning Center awarded 2 Stars in Step Up To Quality

2011 - Gateway House II opened in September

2012 - Collaboration with Head Start to provide an Early Head Start classroom in our Early Childhood Learning Center

2013 - Integrated Canton Preschool with our Early Childhood Learning Center. We are now licensed to serve 150 children
2015 - Awarded 5 year, renewable, $1.9 million Early Head Start Child Care Partnership grant   
2015 - Early Childhood Learning Center receives 5-Star Step Up to Quality rating   
2016 - Cathy Mick-Jennings named Chief Executive Officer

Canton YWCA History