Porter-Leath values providing the earliest intervention for the children and families we serve. One way our staff fulfills this value is by offering all students connected to Porter-Leath with a variety of health screenings. Lead by Stephanie Jones, Porter-Leath’s Health Services Manager, the initial screenings take place at the beginning of the school year, most of which occur within 45-90 days from the first day of school. Jones’ team collaborates with fellow Porter-Leath staff...
While all Tennessee drivers must obtain a new license plate this year, many may be unaware a Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library license plate is available as an option for drivers. Simply search or ask for “Dollywood Foundation” when you purchase your speciality plate. A portion of the license plate sale is distributed to the local Imagination Library affiliate within the county chosen at the time of purchase. This means that over $15 of each Imagination Library plate...
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Porter-Leath will be hosting an agency-wide job fair at the Porter-Leath & University of Memphis Early Childhood Academy at Orange Mound. (Job positions are available across all of Porter-Leath's departments and locations.)
We are seeking Certified Pre-K Teachers, Certified Special Education Pre-K Teachers, Preschool Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Floaters, Home Visitors, Residential Monitors, and more!
The mission of Porter-Leath is empowering children and...
at Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Porter-Leath to Host Preschool Job Fair
WHAT: Porter-Leath Preschool Job Fair. The organization is now seeking Preschool teachers
and teaching assistants to provide high-quality education and support services for all five
preschool locations. Candidates should arrive in business casual attire, bring a resumé, and be
prepared for an onsite interview should they qualify for a position. These are 12-month positions
with a special need for infant/toddler teacher and teaching...
Friday, March 4, 2022
On March 4th, The Porter-Leath & University of Memphis Early Childhood Academy at Orange Mound celebrated its grand opening. The Academy is a research-based educational facility which serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, where care is most crucial and underprovided in Shelby County.
At the grand opening event, representatives from both organizations recognized supporters and leadership that helped make the world-class facility a reality. With the help of some...
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Recently, Porter-Leath’s Teacher Excellence Program established a partnership with the University of Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) . LEO helps a cohort of service providers across the nation apply scientific evaluation methods to better understand and share effective poverty interventions with the goal of using research to positively impact people.The partnership matches top researchers with passionate leaders in the social service sector to...
Porter-Leath recently expanded its Early Childhood Education options for all families by offering a tuition option for preschool children ages birth to 5 years old. This newly added option operates parallel to the Agency’s publicly funded educational and social services through Early Head Start and First 8 Memphis. Porter-Leath accepts child care certificate from Tennessee’s Department of Human Services and also offers scholarships for families who may need
assistance with tuition....
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Porter-Leath Hiring Event - December 9th at 2869 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38114
Porter-Leath is investing more in top talent than ever before! If you havn’t checked us out lately or are new to Porter-Leath, consider starting a great career serving children and families throughout Memphis and Shelby County. We offer:
New, Higher Starting Pay Scales
$1,500 Sign On Bonus
Comprehensive Benefits Package
Inclusive Work Culture
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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
“Listen to your teacher, and listen to your parents. I love you all, and I’ll see you tomorrow!” This is how Maxine Nolan leaves her classroom of 22 children at John P. Freeman Optional School after every day. She is an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer and spends her weekdays connecting with children and mentoring them to help build confidence and life skills.
Five years ago after retiring from a local hospital, Mrs. Nolan became an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer...
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Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Porter-Leath will host a series of student and employee recruitment fairs:
Sept. 21st - Porter-Leath Early Childhood Center | American Way
4207 American Way, Memphis, TN 38118
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Sept. 27st - Benjamin L. Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
2:00 - 6:00 PM
Oct. 8th - Porter-Leath Early Childhood Academy | Frayser
3060 Baskin, Memphis, TN 38127
3:00 - 7:00 PM
Porter-Leath is seeking teachers, assistant teachers, and family service workers....
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Monday, September 20, 2021
Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (MOST) is announcing Porter-Leath as a partner school and a new option for future MOST scholarship students. Students who receive scholarships through MOST and graduate from Porter-Leath Preschool can carry the scholarship forward to their next school.
“Porter-Leath’s attentiveness to early childhood learning translates into their students going on to excel in Kindergarten through 12th grades. We are proud to add them to...
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Thursday, June 10, 2021
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Porter-Leath will continue providing preschool services for children and families in the upcoming school year, while SCS chooses to absorb additional dollars that could be used to support children and families. SCS has continually decreased Head Start funding available to Porter-Leath, making continued operations in Porter-Leath centers using Head Start resources impossible without significant cuts that would diminish quality and increase risks to health and safety...
at Thursday, June 10, 2021
Porter-Leath to host virtual Grand Opening on March 26
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Porter-Leath is proud to announce the upcoming opening of its newest Early Childhood Academy which will house preschool children ages six weeks to five and Porter-Leath’s Teacher Excellence Program. Made possible by community partners committed to high-quality early education for all Shelby County children regardless of ZIP code, the Early Childhood Academy in Frayser is a state-of-the-art preschool and...
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.
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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...
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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...
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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...