What is Pre-K?

Pre-K leverages Porter-Leath's quality early childhood education experience to provide one solid, quality year of early childhood education immediately prior to kindergarten. Pre-K teaches core academic skills and knowledge, but also provides each student with the ability to learn the social skills necessary to be successful in an academic environment. Porter-Leath Pre-K enhances this experience by providing wrap around services to students and their families. For the 2023-2024 academic year, children need to be 4 years old by August 15, 2023.


To prepare 4 year olds at specific First 8 Memphis Pre-K sites for kindergarten through academic achievement, physical development, and social skill building.


Porter-Leath Pre-K is an early childhood partnership with local charter schools and Porter-Leath Preschool locations. Pre-K provides preschool for 4 year olds in schools so that they will enter kindergarten ready to learn. Students benefit not only from the academic portion of Pre-K, but also the wrap around services that Porter-Leath offers, providing each child with health, disability and nutrition services as well as family services. Students greatly benefit from the socialization aspect of Pre-K, which teaches them how to be a student so that they are ready to go from Day 1 of kindergarten.

Express your interest in Pre-K:

Interest FORM

*The process for enrolling your child in Pre-K begins by filling out the interest form above. Once the application is received, a member of Porter-Leath's staff will contact you and schedule time for the next steps of the enrollment process.


Services Provided

  • Individualized early childhood development resources
  • Health and developmental screenings, including speech, hearing, vision and lead exposure
  • Medical, dental and mental health services
  • Parental involvement and education, including nutritional counseling
  • In-home family support and counseling


  • Enhanced school readiness for low-income children
  • Guaranteed quality of services through a unique management structure, monitoring, training and content development
  • Full range of highly qualified and trained staff comprised of teachers, assistants, family service and health workers and nutritionists


In 2012, Porter-Leath expanded preschool services by partnering with KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools to provide preschool services for 5 classrooms. Porter-Leath then expanded preschool services by partnering with the Achievement School District in 2013 and has increased the number of students served each year. Porter-Leath now provides Pre-K to local charter schools and First 8 Memphis Pre-K locations. 

Return to Porter-Leath preschool Homepage to learn more about our other program options

Your monthly gift provides on-going support!

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$5 -   New gross motor skill toy monthly for one classroom
$10 - New book monthly for one classroom 
$25 - Field trip for one classroom
$50 - Teacher supply kits for enhanced learning activities
$75 - Parent training classes and recognition