Early Childhood Academy

628 Alice Avenue, Memphis, TN 38106
(901) 505-0230

The Porter-Leath Early Childhood Academy is a state-of-the-art preschool and teacher training institute that has established a continuum of early childhood education, from prenatal to age 5, that defines and promotes excellence for young children and their families.

The Academy provides comprehensive early childhood education and support services for 224 children in 16 classrooms - 8 Early Head Start classrooms for infants and toddlers and 8 Head Start classrooms for 4 and 5 year olds. Designed by early learning facility specialist RDG Planning and Design, the 32,000-square-foot facility, weaves local culture, history and geography into safe, inviting spaces that encourage play and exploration. Its child-friendly architecture utilizes natural light, lush landscapes and bright colors that enrich children’s learning opportunities.   

All children enjoy a USDA-approved breakfast, lunch and snack each day at the Early Childhood Academy that is prepared on site. Within the first 45 school days, all children enrolled receive a health, vision, dental and developmental screening at the center. Porter-Leath Preschool uses evidence-based curricula to ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn. All classrooms at the Early Childhood Academy are led by two teachers and children also greatly benefit from interactions with Foster Grandparent and AmeriCorps members at the site. Volunteers are welcome in our classrooms, as they help our students build upon their socialization skills. To sign up, complete our volunteer application, or contact us.

The facility features a teacher training institute, the Teacher Excellence Program, to develop successful early childhood educators in partnership with Shelby County Schools. Paired with its outstanding early learning facility, the Academy’s teacher training program lays the groundwork for revitalizing the Shelby County early childhood education system.

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HS Site Manager

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