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
Professor Juanita Linton
Professor Juanita Linton 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 is currently a doctoral student at Argosy University, with a concentration in Instructional Leadership. Professor Linton studied at Shaw University and received a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction (2005) with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (1995) in Liberal Studies. She received her Birth-Kindergarten teaching license from North Carolina Department of Public Instructions. She was awarded her National Child Development Credentials (CDA) in 1992, from the National Council in Washington, DC. Professor Linton has 31years of experience working with children in early education in the public and private sector. She served as the Education/Staff Development Specialist for Martin County Community Action, Inc. Head Start Program, overseeing 8 child development centers that provided high quality services to children of families with disadvantages. Professor Linton serves as a consultant for child care centers that are seeking star rating licenses and provide training to teachers and parents on child development issues. Professor Linton’s profession extends to the mental health arena advocating for individuals with developmentally delay and mental illness. She serves as a Qualified Professional for Pitt County Mental Health.
Professor Linton area of research is on theoretical practices of how young children learn (Dissertation: How Inquiry-Based Practices Impact Students’ Developmental Levels In A Preschool Program) and how males/fathers involvement improves children’s development (Thesis: The Effect of Male/Father Involvement In Children’s Development). Her theoretical belief is based on Lev Vygotsky’s philosophy, cultivating the minds of children through interaction and support.