COVID-19 Resources

Porter-Leath empowers children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle. To ensure the health and safety of our students, families and employees, Porter-Leath preschool sites will remain closed and most program services will be provided remotely until further notice. While no COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) exposures have been identified, this closure and move to remote services is a proactive and preemptive measure. Porter-Leath will continue actively monitoring for updates related to COVID-19, while thoroughly sanitizing all facilities.

Discovery, prevention and treatment of COVID-19 has changed the lives of families, children and caregivers across the globe. As our worlds evolve into a "new normal," we are committed to providing assistance to children and families whenever possible.

Porter-Leath has created a hotline to supplement our remote programming. Porter-Leath families can reach a member of our staff during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 4:30 PM) by calling (901) 577-2500 and choosing Option 4.
Additional Resources:

COVID-19 Resources for Head Start Parents & Caregivers

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) has been working with members of Congress and their staff to address the needs of Head Start programs, staff, children, and families. The good news is that many new resources and supportive services are either available now or on their way. Review these resources to learn how you can access the aid during this challenging time.

at Thursday, May 14, 2020

Quick Lesson: Identifying Shapes

at Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Quick Lesson: Creating Educational Moments

Help your child reach their developmental milestones with a few helpful examples from one of Porter-Leath's Early Head Start teachers!

at Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Shelby County COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Program

The Division of Community Services was designated $500,000 to establish the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Program to provide social services for residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund program offers 3 forms of relief and have expanded eligibility to be able to help more families:

  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance
  • Utility Assistance
  • Emergency Food/Essentials/Prescription Assistance

Assistance is available until funds run out. You can now apply online for emergency relief for rent/mortgage, utilities, or emergency food/essentials/prescription assistance from us, Shelby County Community Services.

Click here for more information and to apply online:

For questions, residents can email the Division of Community Services at or call the COVID-19 Relief line at (901) 222-0050.

at Monday, April 27, 2020

Circle Time with Ms. Rayner - Hickory Dickory Dock

Ms. Rayner uses today's nursery time to teach children about rhyming words, position words, colors, and parts of a tree!

at Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Story time with Ms. Gibson

It may be a beautiful, sunny day outside, but today's story from Ms. Gibson tells the story of one little boy's chilly day activities!

Watch out for the letter "W," talk about seasons and the sight words "heaping" and "melted." Click below to view the video.

at Monday, April 20, 2020

Get Connect Online

Major internet service providers are offering free service, discounts and more for eligible families. For example:

  • Comcast: The company is offering Internet Essentials as an affordable way for homes who receive public assistance to get online. The plan is available for about $10 per month. In addition, they are increasing speeds for all customers in response to emergency measures associated with the coronavirus, and new customers receive two months free.
  • Charter/Spectrum: Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Installation fees are also waived. This is only for homes that do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.
  • Mediacom: This ISP is upgrading its low-cost Connect2Compete internet program and offering 60 days of free service for qualifying families who subscribe before May 15.
  • Suddenlink: New household with K-12 or college students who do not currently have home internet access can get free internet for 60 days.
at Saturday, April 18, 2020

Quick Lesson: Using Your Child's Blocks to Practice Spelling and Vocabulary

at Friday, April 17, 2020

TDOE, Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation Partner with ReadyRosie to Provide Free Early Education Resources to Families

NASHVILLE, TN— The Tennessee Department of Education and Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF) announced a statewide partnership with ReadyRosie, an early education online platform, to provide short videos and free resources with simple, engaging activities for Tennessee families and children, ages birth through 3rd grade, to do at home. 

Through this partnership, all families with school-aged children in Tennessee will have access to ReadyRosie Modeled Moment videos, which equips them with simple and fun activities to help their children learn while at home. Around two minutes long in both English and Spanish, the video “moments” feature real families demonstrating instructional activities that parents can then replicate with their own children and are rooted in learning goals for children on topics such as literacy, early math, health and well-being. 

“As we continue to navigate these challenging times, we are excited to provide all Tennessee families with access to this incredible platform to help them create rich learning experiences at home,” said Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “The ReadyRosie platform is another resource from the state to help families engage with their children during this time by doing simple, instructional activities at home while promoting learning and bonding with their children.” 

The ReadyRosie platform will be available for Tennessee families from April 1 through September 1. Families can easily register for free today here,, and can sign up to receive weekly text messages or emails with curated playlists of activities. 

“Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation is committed to continuing the important work of our early literacy programs and partnerships, especially during this unique and challenging time,” said James Pond, GELF President. “As we respond in ways that continue to fulfill our mission to support the children and families we serve in Tennessee, we are excited to partner with ReadyRosie to provide families with quality online resources to help children develop early literacy skills through reading and learning together.” 

For more information about ReadyRosie, visit the website and watch this video. Tennessee parents can register for free here: 

at Thursday, April 16, 2020

Circle Time With Ms. Rayner

Enjoy a special circle time with Porter-Leath's own, Ms. Rayner!

Circle Time With Ms. Rayner

at Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Water Play: How it can benefit your child

at Friday, April 10, 2020

Weekly Lesson - Video by Cetonya Davis, Teacher at Douglass Head Start

Porter-Leath Head Start - Weekly Lesson from April 6th
at Tuesday, April 7, 2020

How To: Increase literacy in your child's daily routine

at Monday, April 6, 2020

Quick Tip: Young Children and Exercise

at Saturday, April 4, 2020

Quick Lesson: Using Your Child's Name to Help Them Practice Letters and Critical Thinking Skills

at Friday, April 3, 2020

5 Tips for Maintaining Positive Social Emotional Health


at Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Interactive Activities for Families

Click the calendar below to download a month of interactive activities to do with your child!

at Monday, March 30, 2020

Financial Aid Available for Certain Families That Lost Employment Due to COVID-19

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is making essential financial resources available to families that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.  Beginning 10 A.M. CST Thursday, March 26, families can begin applying, online, for up to two months of emergency cash assistance if they were employed as of March 11, 2020 and they’ve lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income as a result of the pandemic.

All TDHS offices are currently operating on appointment only as a precaution for COVID-19.  During this time, the department is asking applicants to complete the application process for emergency cash assistance online at Applicants are required to upload their verification to the application prior to submitting to TDHS.  Once the application and verifications have been submitted, no further action will be needed. 

Applicants DO NOT need to call the DHS office for an interview. Applicants will receive a notification of denial or approval via email within 5 days.  If approved, applicants can expect an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to be sent within 5-7 days of approval via mail.

The Emergency Cash Assistance provides two monthly cash payments to families that were employed as of March 11, 2020 and have lost a job or lost at least 50% of their earned income due to the COVID-19 emergency.  This money is funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and provides:

·         $500 for a household of 1 to 2 persons.

·         $750 for a household of 3 to 4 persons.

·         $1000 for a household with 5 or more persons.

This assistance is available in addition to any unemployment benefits individuals in the family may be receiving.

To be eligible, families must have been employed as of March 11, 2020 but have since then lost employment or at least 50% of their earned income due to the COVID-19 emergency, include a child under the age of 18 or a pregnant woman, have a valid Social Security Number, must not have resources exceeding $2000, and the gross and/or unearned monthly income may not exceed 85% of the State’s Median Income that’s currently:

·         Gross Monthly Income of $2,696 for a household of one.

·         Gross Monthly Income of $3,526 for a household of two.

·         Gross Monthly Income of $4,356 for a household of three.

·         Gross Monthly Income of $5,185 for a household of four.

·         Gross Monthly Income of $6,015 for a household of five.

 “We know the next few months are going to be a challenge for families across our state who unexpectedly lost a job through no fault of their own,” said TDHS Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes.  “This emergency cash assistance will provide families with the temporary resources they need to support themselves during what we hope will be a short time away from their jobs.  Helping families through this emergency is how we continue building a thriving Tennessee.”

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is a federal workforce development and employment program emphasizing work, training, and personal responsibility. It is temporary and has a primary focus on gaining self-sufficiency through employment. Existing TANF customers receiving Families First benefits will be eligible to apply for this emergency cash assistance.

Learn more about the Tennessee Department of Human Services at   

at Friday, March 27, 2020

Two NEW Ways To View Instructional Content Via Television

Beginning Thursday, March 26, the Mid-South news leader, WMC Action News 5, will broadcast Shelby County Schools’ teacher lessons on its multicast station Bounce. Bounce is broadcast over the air on channel 5.2 and on Comcast Cable channel 906. The daily broadcast schedule will include SCS produced Pre-K through 12th grade lessons, activities and resources aligned to the same standards and assignments students would normally be working on at this point in the school year. The lessons focus on English/Language Arts (ELA), Science and Math. As the lessons are archived, students and families will have unlimited access to a video library. View the full press release from WMC-TV and Shelby County Schools HERE.

Starting Monday, April 6th, Memphis’ PBS Station, WKNO, will deliver two hours of programming with high-quality instructional content from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST. Four hours of content will also be streamed overnight, which viewers can watch live or record. The Tennessee Department of Education secured a partnership with the state’s PBS stations to deliver daily instructional content for Tennessee students during COVID-19 school closures. This partnership will provide all students with access to daily learning opportunities right in their own homes. View the full press release about this partnership HERE.

at Thursday, March 26, 2020

Managing Stress During Uncertainty

The uncertainty of the times is something that is leaving its mark on adults and children alike. Here are a few tips from World Health Organization (WHO) on how to manage stress, while we all work to find our new normal:
  1. Talk to people you can trust. (Remember that little ears are hearing things too, so give children a chance to ask questions.)
  2. Maintain a healthy lifestyle (Try to establish a routine or schedule whenever possible.)
  3. Do your best to not use vices to deal with emotions. (People want to help! Video chat or call over the phone.)
  4. Look for accurate information from reliable sources like the Centers for Disease Control or Shelby County Health Department (#FactsNotFear)
  5. Limit time in front of the screen, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed. (Do you have a song or music that boost your mood? Turn it up!)
  6. Regulate your emotions as much as possible, remember things that have helped you get through previous hard times.

at Wednesday, March 25, 2020