Delano Head Start

1727 Oberle Rd., Memphis, TN 38127
(901) 922-0836

Delano Head Start serves 200 Head Start children each year. The center is NAEYC accredited and maintains a 3-star quality rating from the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

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

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Twana Hinds,
Site Manager

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Verkisserous Thompson,
Assistant Site Manager

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As shown below, over 70% of children enrolled at Delano Head Start live in the 38127 ZIP code.

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 Delano Head Start achieved increases in all domains.

Scores for four year old children at this site showed increases of 45% in Gross Motor, 52% in Fine Motor, 37% in Language Development, 103% in Literacy, 80% in Math, 60% in Self-Help, and 58% in Social-Emotional between beginning and year-end assessments. Three year old children achieved increases of 59% in Gross Motor, 92% in Fine Motor, 38% in Language Development, 178% in Literacy, 86% in Math, 50% in Self-Help, and 47% in Social-Emotional.