Cottonwood Head Start

5221 Cottonwood Rd., Memphis, TN 38118 
(901) 922-0895

Cottonwood Head Start serves 180 Head Start children each year. The center is NAEYC accredited and maintains a 3-star quality rating from the Tennessee Department of Human Services. Cottonwood Head Start features a Lewis Learning Library. 

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All children enjoy a USDA-approved breakfast, lunch and snack each day at Cottonwood Head Start 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 Cottonwood Head Start 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. 

Yervandlier Stribling,
Site Manager

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As shown below, over 60% of children enrolled at Cottonwood Head Start live in 38118 and 38115.

Outcomes are measured using the Brigance assessment. Porter-Leath measures child-level progress, based upon age, across seven domains: Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Language Development, Literacy, Math, Self-Help, and Social-Emotional. For the 2017-2018 school year, children at Cottonwood Head Start achieved increases in all domains.

Scores for four year old children at this site showed increases of 67% in Gross Motor, 81% in Fine Motor, 63% in Language Development, 162% in Literacy, 114% in Math, 89% in Self-Help, and 55% in Social-Emotional between beginning and year-end assessments. Three year old children achieved increases of 93% in Gross Motor, 155% in Fine Motor, 73% in Language Development, 240% in Literacy, 143% in Math, 116% in Self-Help, and 73% in Social-Emotional.