Dr. Tony L. Burton, the CEO of Northwest Child Development Centers Inc., will be honored early next month for his years of advocacy for local children and families when a stretch of Seventh Street between Patterson Avenue, Cherry Street and Marshall Street will be designated “Dr. Tony L. Burton Lane.” The honorary street signs will go up on Dec. 3.
Northwest Child Development Centers, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1970 to support families by helping them meet the developmental needs of their children from infancy through school-age. The agency has the capacity to service 700 children and families in community child care centers.
“Dr. Burton has worked tirelessly for the Winston Salem community in multiple roles during his tenure here in the city. He has helped to strategically shape NWCDC and MudPies childcare centers into superior-rated, technologically- advanced, holistic child development facilities. His leadership has allowed for the strengthening and growth of the NWCDC organization,” said Dr. Charlie Shaw, a licensing analyst at Wake Forest School of Medicine and NWCDC’s chief volunteer officer. “We are excited he serves with such dedication, and the entire NWCDC Board of Directors is proud of his achievements and wholeheartedly agree this honor is well deserved.”
Burton said that he is humbled by the recognition. “My commitment to early childhood education is a personal mission,” he said, “and as everyone that knows me has heard me say: I don’t measure success by achievements, but by the potential to help children achieve.” In other Northwest Child Development Centers news, the agency has been awarded a $41,927 Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust grant that will allow it to provide early childhood development to nine additional children at the MudPies Bolton location.
“The support of our childcare program by KBR’s corporate trustees speaks to the value of our work with young children in this community,” said Burton.