NEXT Memphis Welcomes Second Cohort of Childcare Centers

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – NEXT Memphis, an initiative of Porter-Leath, announces its newest cohort with the addition of twelve childcare centers that will participate in its shared services program model. The cohort will join a network of standout centers that will directly increase educational outcomes for children, family-level outcomes for parents, business viability, and overall childcare center quality. Participating centers are:


All participating centers were selected based upon rigorous evaluation of existing practices, as well as having demonstrable passion for children and families, willingness to innovate and alter business paradigms, established history in serving high need neighborhoods, and in-depth viewpoints and approaches to excellence.

“NEXT Memphis welcomes its second cohort of excellent childcare centers with enthusiasm. The leaders at each of these partners represent some of the most passionate, and community-driven minds in our city. We are honored to support them as they do the great work of preparing children for Kindergarten, and supporting families with the care and resources needed to thrive,” said Chloe Moore, NEXT Memphis Program Director.

The new partners join NEXT Memphis’ inaugural childcare partners including: Gateway Learning Academy, Hope House Daycare, I-Rise Christian Academy, KIDazzle Child Care, Lambs & Ivy, Perea Preschool, Yale Road Learning Center, and Calvary Place Child Care Center. NEXT Memphis will continue to grow serving an estimated 4,000 children and families by 2022.

NEXT Memphis Background
NEXT Memphis was developed as a shared-service program model that helps independent childcare providers reduce costs and improve outcomes so that they can direct more of their attention and resources to the classroom and families. The initiative draws on Porter-Leath’s experience of helping ensure that more children enter kindergarten ready to learn, that more families are thriving, and that childcare professionals have the resources and care they need to grow in their profession. Through NEXT Memphis, families have access to wraparound services, helping parents set and achieve goals and connecting them with community resources.

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