MEMPHIS, Tennessee – The Administration
for Children and Families has awarded Porter-Leath with federal funding to expand
Early Head Start availability to 160 new Mid-South children, ages birth to
three. Porter-Leath will partner with four local child care
centers to prepare these children for school success — including
Goodwill Homes Community Service, Inc., University Prep School, South Parkway
East Kiddie Learning Center, and Southwest Tennessee Community College - Union
Avenue Campus. In addition,
Porter-Leath will open a new Early Head Start center providing comprehensive early childhood education services at 1940
S. Lauderdale St. Classes will begin Sept. 7 at S. Lauderdale and in October at
Early Head Start is a federal
program that provides early child development and family support services for
infants and toddlers from the highest risk families. The program uses the research-based Creative Curriculum to support children’s
developmental growth while providing health screenings, nutritious meals, disability
services, and mental health support to build their school readiness. Each family is also assigned a family service
worker to help them set and achieve individualized family engagement goals.
Porter-Leath has 399 Early
Head Start families enrolled. As the
Shelby County grantee for Early Head Start and a contractor to the local Head Start grantee, Shelby County Schools, Porter-Leath
will serve 5,800 total children in the 2015-2016 school year. The organization's early childhood goal is to
prepare children and their families for long-term learning success through high
quality teachers, effective teaching practices, safe learning environments and
strong community partnerships.
To learn more about this exciting new location, check out this story from WREG. For more information on the recent Early Head Start expansion related to South Lauderdale, click here.