Early Childhood
From the Desk of the Director


The William L. Clay Sr. Early Childhood Development/Parenting Education Center (ECC) is joyfully celebrating its first anniversary. The center is expanding and the children and staff are enjoying the many campus and community partnerships that lend to the quality of our programs. 

The center is a safe, healthy and comprehensive child development facility providing full-day learning experiences for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. This magnificent program is designed to encourage the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of a diverse population of children, while embracing their needs and interests to explore, discover, experiment and examine their world through play. In this literacy rich environment, children will be introduced to the Spanish language and technology will fully complement the chosen curriculum.
The center’s faculty and staff understand and respect parents as children’s first teachers and as such, have included an educational component to support parents in increasing their knowledge of child development and strengthening their parenting skills. To that end, the center houses a comfortably furnished resource library for parents where they can relax quietly and read or borrow research-based materials on child development and child rearing practices.
Here at the Harris-Stowe State University child development center, we strongly value inclusion, respect for all children, supportive professional staff and a positive and accommodating family atmosphere. Laughter abounds in a clean, attractive, safe environment where health and safety practices protect children, and exercise and nutritious meals support early efforts for children to adopt healthy lifestyles. 
Welcome to a new and innovative learning center that you and your children will appreciate and love! Come join our family. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Dr. Patricia A. Johnson, Director



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