Medicaid Questions 

Families are receiving letters from the Ohio Department of Medicaid because it's open enrollment time. People on Medicaid need to choose a managed care plan unless they are on a DD waiver.
For information click here.


  The Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities' school programs offer families an alternative choice of educational environments for their child with developmental disabilities.

The Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Learn about our Wellness Policy and Procedures for students.

Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities offers a Free or Reduced Lunch program to qualifying students. Learn about our 2016-2017 program year policy for free and reduced priced meals for students. Parents can now go online and create an application for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program for family members. Learn how to do this in our eFormat Parent Portal Users Guide.

Stark DD uses the system to pay online for your child's meals. What is  Access at

We are also use Cycle Meal Menus at both the preschool and school age programs. 

Click on one of the links below to view the menus for August thru December 2017:

Eastgate Early Childhood Center:
RS Southgate School
Early Childhood Services (birth to age five)

Early Childhood Services serve children and their guardians as early as birth to age 5. With referrals from Help Me Grow, the Board offers Early Intervention services in the form of free education and support for children and their families.  Stark DD uses the Primary Service Provider Model so that one specific person from the Early Intervention Team of specialists serves as the family's main contact and "coach". Download the 2016 Early Intervention Parent Handbook to learn more. 

The Board preschool program is specially designed to meet the varying needs of children with disabilities and also provides a fully accredited preschool for a number of their typically developing peers. The preschool classrooms are located in Eastgate Early Childhood and Family Center at 2121 Ashland St in Louisville and the Stark DD Preschool at Taft Elementary through Plain Local Schools. These programs are licensed by the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning and School Readiness.

Download a complete pamphlet on Stark DD Early Childhood programs here.

Download the Early Intervention Parent Handbook, 2017-18 Eastgate Preschool Parent Handbook, or the 2017 - 18 Taft Preschool Parent Handbook.

School Year Calendars:

2017-2018 Eastgate Preschool Calendar
2017-2018 Stark DD Preschool at Taft

School-Aged Services

School Age Services for students ages 6-21 include Rebecca Stallman Southgate School, a public separate educational facility, and a satellite classroom at Avondale Elementary through Plain local schools. These programs meet all standards as specified by the Ohio Department of Education. All students receiving services progress through Ohio’s Academic Content Standards at their individualized pace. Southgate is located at 3057 Cleveland Avenue SW in Canton behind the Southgate Shopping Center. Avondale Elementary is located at 3933 Eaton Dr. NW.  in Canton.

Transition Services for students ages 14-22 are available in conjunction with our Service and Support Administration-Transition Services unit. Families can also get further transition planning information at Ohio Means Jobs.            

Download a complete pamphlet on Stark DD School Age programs here.

Download the School Age Parent Handbook

School Year Calendars:
2017-2018 Rebecca Stallman Southgate School
2017-2018 Stark DD at Avondale Elementary School