Porter-Leath Opens Early Childhood Academy in Frayser

On March 26th, 2021 Porter-Leath celebrated the newest Early Childhood Academy located in Frayser with a virtual grand opening! The state-of-the-art preschool and teacher training institute provides comprehensive early childhood education and wrap around support for 248 preschool students and  their families, as well as professional training and development for preschool teachers and early childhood educators in the area.

The 16-classroom, 35,501-square-foot facility is the second in a series of four early childhood academies to be built in Shelby County. Like the first Early Childhood Academy in South Memphis, the Early Childhood Academy in Frayser is a model of excellence for the education of young children.

The building weaves together safe, inviting spaces that encourage play and exploration. Its child-friendly architecture utilizes natural light, musical elements, and bright colors that enrich learning opportunities. In addition to the incredible child-focused areas, the building also includes a dedicated  training center, observation bays, and audio/video technology for the professional development of early childhood educators.

The Teacher Excellence Program will use the expanded space in Frayser to further its mission of providing high-quality professional development and coaching for preschool teachers at Porter-Leath as well as for educators throughout Shelby County— including Shelby County Schools, Achievement School District, First 8, charter schools and private day home and childcare operators.

“We were thrilled to open the doors to the newest Early Childhood Academy in Frayser,” said Sean Lee, President of Porter-Leath. “This space continues our model that brings together the very best people, programming and partners to improve the lives of children and their families throughout Shelby County.”


The lobby captures the music theme of the building, with the acoustic ceiling representing sheet music, and pendant lights variously spaced and at differing lengths, resembling music notes.

The Early Head Start wing of the Early Childhood Academy in Frayser.

An Early Head Start classroom awaiting its first students in March, 2021.