Early Success Coalition Connects Families with Community Resource Providers

The Early Success Coalition is a collective impact initiative housed at Porter-Leath that promotes shared, evidence-based practices proven to improve early childhood development and school readiness. (Visit to find out what resources your family could receive!)

The Coalition partners with and promotes agencies and organizations in Shelby County, which provide essential services to families that lead to healthy births, safe and nurturing relationships, and positive educational outcomes for children. 

Despite the pandemic, the Coalition provides parenting classes and delivers counseling and social-emotional guidance for parents served by partner healthcare clinics. Connecting to providers virtually, parents can get guidance on topics like developing relationships with their young children, building language development through “serve and return,” and how to manage postpartum depression. 

Mother and daughter spend quality time bonding, while reading one of their favorite stories.
Mother and daughter spend quality time bonding, 
while reading one of their favorite stories. 

The Coalition also continues to raise awareness of home-visiting and center-based programs through a web-based promotional campaign, ensuring that new and expecting parents have access to resources available to help their family thrive. 

But families are not the only recipients of the Early Success Coalition’s work. Since the onset of the pandemic, the Coalition has also offered over 50 hours of free virtual training to early childhood professionals across Shelby County, strengthening their knowledge and services. 

By connecting over 70 members, representing pediatric and family providers, nonprofit organizations, education systems, and governmental agencies, the Early Success Coalition is able to lift up the work of these agencies and ensure families know about the community resources available to them, especially during these challenging times.