Myrika Williford took her volunteer role on Porter-Leath’s Preschool Parent Council seriously. As a representative for Early Head Start, Myrika provided feedback from parents to the site manager and worked collaboratively with members of the council and Porter-Leath staff to make decisions that affect the Preschool Program.
She is also on a mission to educate parents on why it is important to volunteer in their child’s classroom and to recruit new families to enroll in...
Thursday, October 8, 2020
The University of Memphis and Porter-Leath are partnering to launch a new, innovative Early Childhood Academy located alongside the Orange Mound neighborhood’s RedZone Ministries. The Academy is designed to help address a critical need for early childhood care in the Memphis community.
Construction and design plans are being finalized with the support of $15 million raised in private contributions. Groundbreaking is scheduled for November 11th.
at Thursday, October 8, 2020
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – The Dollywood Little Engine Playhouse Tour, presented by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, makes its next stop in Shelby County to area public libraries. Presented in partnership with Penguin Books, the Tour adapts Imagination Library books into 20-minute sing-along musicals for young children
The Imagination Library is the flagship program of the Dollywood Foundation. The book gifting program mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they...
Friday, August 16, 2019
Porter-Leath is thrilled to announce the construction of three additional Early Childhood Academies over the next three years! By building world-class facilities in Memphis’ highest need neighborhoods, we are living our promise to help provide the very best early childhood experience to every child, regardless of zip code or income. We look forward to engaging the parents and stakeholders in each neighborhood in ways to continue improving early childhood education equity and...
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Pictured above: Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President of U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop with Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris
Sesame Street in Communities announces partnership
with ACE Awareness Foundation and Porter-Leath to provide resources and services to families and children
Memphis, Tennessee - Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street , has announced that Memphis, Tennessee is the next community selected...
at Tuesday, December 4, 2018
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Porter-Leath recently announced that it will host a career fair on Thursday, April 13 to hire new Preschool staff to join its team. The organization is now actively seeking to fill more than 25 positions, including teachers, administrators and non-instructional staff to provide high-quality education and support services. Certified Pre-K Teacher candidates, who are of the greatest need, must have a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or a related...
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – On April 8, Miss Tennessee 2016, Grace Burgess, celebrated Miss Tennessee Serves Day at Porter-Leath American Way Head Start and Early Head Start, 4207 American Way. Presented by Shelby County Schools and Volunteer Tennessee, Miss Tennessee Serves Day is a day of service where Miss Tennessee and others in the Volunteer State come together to help meet the unique needs of their communities. Hosted by Porter-Leath, the event promoted Burgess’ chosen cause of...
at Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Did you know that chronic absenteeism in kindergarten and even pre-K can predict low academic performance trends in later grades? According to a 2008 study conducted by the National Center for Children in Poverty, 1 in 10 children in kindergarten are chronically absent, missing one month per school year; and in some schools, it’s as high as 1 in 4. This study goes further to show that 2 in 10 children in poverty miss too much school, preventing young children from grasping fundamental...