MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Porter-Leath recently announced the launch of NEXT Memphis, a new initiative to increase the number of high-quality child care centers by offering significant resources, training, and support to community child care providers. Porter-Leath will recruit the inaugural class of 10 providers in late January 2020. Over the next 3 years, NEXT Memphis will build a network of 40 providers, serving over 7,000 children and families.
NEXT Memphis is a shared service program model that helps independent child care providers reduce costs and improve outcomes, so that they can direct more of their attention and resources into the classroom and to families. Through NEXT Memphis, Porter-Leath will offer wraparound services to families, helping parents set and achieve goals and connecting them with community resources. NEXT Memphis’ model will ensure more children enter kindergarten ready to learn; more families are well; and child care professionals have the resources and care they need to develop in their profession.
The initiative developed as a response to local research supported by First 8 Memphis. The research explored how child care providers in underserved communities wanted to develop their centers and sustainably increase high-quality services for both children and families. Results from this research found that providing back office support, professional development and access to social services would strengthen the businesses, increase the quality of classroom instruction, and offer more support for children and families.
NEXT Memphis also brings expansion of Porter-Leath’s Teacher Excellence Program to child care operators, which helps increase classroom engagement and achievement through teacher training, coaching, instruction and observation.
Porter-Leath announced that Chloe Moore will serve as NEXT Memphis’ Program Director. Moore most recently served as a Continuous Improvement Specialist at Seeding Success and previously served several local, national, and international non-profits. “Chloe has a proven track record of improving outcomes for children and families in our community,” said Porter-Leath’s President Sean Lee. “We are thrilled to see her continue her work at NEXT Memphis, expanding quality child care opportunities.” Moore is a native Memphian, and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology from Rhodes College.
“Child care centers play an invaluable role in community life,” said Moore. “With NEXT Memphis, we can build and sustain high-quality programs that help them continue to succeed. Child care directors and teachers have have been heroes in the community for decades, and I do not know where we would be without them. NEXT Memphis recognizes this, and also knows how these professionals want and need more resources to do their work. Our goal is to ease the burdens on child care professionals, so that the majority of their time is spent where their passions are - with children and families.” Interested child care providers should contact Chloe Moore at (901) 577-2500.
NEXT Memphis joins Porter-Leath’s comprehensive range of early childhood services in supporting children’s social, emotional and cognitive growth. By partnering with quality child care providers in Memphis’ highest need neighborhoods, Porter-Leath is living its promise to help provide the best early childhood experience to every child, regardless of zip code or income. NEXT Memphis will directly increase educational outcomes for children, family-level outcomes, and child care center quality.