Fresno, California
Professor & Director
Joyce M. Huggins Early Education Center
Shareen Abramson has been a member of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program faculty in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development (KSOEHD) since Fall, 1981. She received a Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education from George from Peabody College for Teachers, Vanderbilt University (1981). In addition to her responsibilities as Graduate Coordinator for the ECE Program, Dr. Abramson is the D. Paul Fansler Chair for Leadership in ECE and Director of the Joyce M. Huggins Early Education Center.

The Huggins Center is an early education research, training and demonstration center that serves 150 children ages 3 months to 12 years-old and fully includes children with special needs. The Huggins center provides training, demonstration and research opportunities for undergraduate, graduate students in education, child development, marriage, child and family counseling and other related areas as well as for professionals in the field. The center is accredited by NAEYC and has aligned its infant and toddler program with PITC principles and practices.

Her publications and presentations focus on new directions in ECE such as the Reggio Emilia Approach, project work with diverse learners, full-inclusion programs for children with special needs, teaching strategies for multilingual classrooms and professional development of teachers.

She is currently developing the D. Paul Fansler Institute for Leadership in ECE that will offer varied professional development programs and create a cadre of ECE leaders in various disciplines working to improve the quality of ECE programs in the region.