New South Lauderdale Early Head Start Opens

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 partner locations.      

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.