Douglass Head Start

1600 Ash St, Memphis, TN 38108
901-577-2500 x 1200

Douglass Head Start serves 160 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 Douglass 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 Douglass 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. 

LaGuadia Dowell

LaGuadia Dowell,
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Over half of the children enrolled at Douglass Head Start live in the ZIP codes surrounding the center: 38108, 38127, and 38128.

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 Douglass Head Start achieved increases in all domains.

Scores for four year old children at this site showed increases of 64% in Gross Motor, 61% in Fine Motor, 44% in Language Development, 110% in Literacy, 97% in Math, 62% in Self-Help, and 51% in Social-Emotional between beginning and year-end assessments. Three year old children achieved increases of 79% in Gross Motor, 91% in Fine Motor, 55% in Language Development, 177% in Literacy, 163% in Math, 70% in Self-Help, and 48% in Social-Emotional.