Department of Education
CENTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH
The Shaw University Center for Early Childhood Education, Development and Research (hereinafter referred to as The Center) is a Five Star Center and auspice of Shaw University’s Department of Education. It is a research and teaching facility for Shaw students, faculty, and staff. The Center demonstrate excellence in implementing best practices in educating young children from birth to kindergarten and working with their families; provide early intervention services and other programs for children from birth to five years old who may be developmentally delayed or at risk for developmental delays; provide quality professional development for caregivers, pre- and in-service teachers and other professionals who work with young children and their families; and study, observe, and research child development and disseminate that knowledge through a network of links and partnerships.
Our center is committed to excellence for young children and their families. We provide a safe and caring environment that promotes learning and child development. Learning is facilitated through play and supported by qualified, positive role models. The activities are stimulating and age appropriate. They help children foster creativity, build self esteem and self confidence, promote independence, encourage exploration, and develop school readiness skills. Children receive daily balanced meals according to USDA guidelines, and receive dental, vision, hearing and speech screening and evaluations as needed.
Our teachers are highly qualified and have a Birth-Kindergarten teaching license issued by North Carolina Department of Public Instructions. The teacher assistants have a Bachelor of Science or an Applied Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and working towards a Birth-Kindergarten license.
To function in the “global village” of the 21st century, our children are provided choices that will influence their future. They will appreciate the values of diversity, acceptance and inclusion, while being responsible for their own behaviors.
Parents and guardians are essential partners. We invite you to participate in our center and classroom activities. The center operates under an open door policy. Please feel free to visit the center at any time or call (919) 546-8365. The staff is always available to answer questions.
Our Center participates in the Foster Grandparent Program sponsored by the City of Raleigh. The grandparents provide 20 volunteer service hours weekly to support children with developmental delays. The grandparents bring extra love and attention to our center. Without our grandparents it is like a day without sunshine.
Meet the Center Director
Freida Dixon serves as the Director for Shaw University Center for Early Childhood Education, Development and Research. The program collaborates with various programs to ensure services are provided to children of low income families. She earned her Associate Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Early Childhood Education from Pitt Community College (1992), Child Development Associate Credential from North Carolina Central University (1996), Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies (Elementary Education/Business Management) from Shaw University (2001) and a Master of Elementary Education with minor Early Childhood Education from North Carolina Central University (2005).
Dixon's career in Early Childhood Education spans more than 25 years of experience working with children and families. She serves as adjunct instructor for Mount Olive College for 6 years. She also was a teacher, lead teacher, Child Development Specialist and Education/Staff Development for the Head Start Program serving 547 children with three counties in Martin, Pitt and Beaufort County area. She is presently Motherread Inc. Facilitator, Dial-4 Assessor and CLASS Reliable Observer (Classroom Assessment Scoring System).