Category: Preschool

Little Engine Playhouse Visits Memphis

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... Read More

Porter-Leath Announces the Construction of Three New Early Childhood Academies

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... Read More
Posted by Mary Braddock at Friday, August 16, 2019


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... Read More
at Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Porter-Leath to Host Preschool Career Fair

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... Read More

Porter-Leath Hosts Miss Tennessee Serves Day to Promote Early Childhood Literacy

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... Read More
at Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Porter-Leath Continues to Stress Attendance

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... Read More