Porter-Leath Preschool brings vital early childhood education and family services to over 6,000 children and families in Shelby County each year. Preschool encompasses several components, including Early Head Start, Head Start, Pre-K and more. Porter-Leath is the grantee for Early Head Start in Shelby County and is the sole contractor for Head Start for grantee Shelby County Schools. Preschool's goal is to ensure that every child is kindergarten ready, both academically and socially.
Reflecting the agency's goal of top quality programming, Porter-Leath Preschool centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and maintain 3-star recognition from the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
Early Head Start
Pregnant women or families in Shelby County with children who are 6 weeks to 2 years old on August 15, 2021
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Children who are 4 years old and live in specific ZIP codes.
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Children in Shelby County who are between 2 years old and 4 years old on August 15, 2021
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Families in Preschool are served as part of the program, helping families grow their social capital by connecting them with needed services and resources in the community. The family services team focuses on helping families improve their outcomes in the following areas:
Employment/Job Skills/Job Training, Income Management/Financial Security and Budget, Medical/Dental Care, Safe/Efficient Housing, Physical/Mental Wellness, Affordable Access to Food, Meal Preparation, Healthy Living, Transportation Access
Positive Parent-Child Relationship
Managing Child’s Behavior, Spending Quality Time with Child, Actively Involved with Child, Developing Routines for Child
Families as Lifelong Educators
Knowledge and Skills to Teach Child, Knowledge and Understanding of Child Development, Reading with Child and Other Educational Activities, Communicating with Teachers, Supporting Learning at Home, Supporting Educational Plans for Child
Families as Learners
Basic Life Skills, Educational Level-Continuing or Furthering Education, Reading and Writing Skills, Communication Skills
Family Engagement in Transitions
Understanding Transition Process, Comfortable with New Teachers & Program, Preparation Toward Elementary School, Setting Goals for Child
Family Connections to Peers & Community
Family Support System, Connection with Local School, Connected to Other Families with Young Children, Connection with Other Community Agencies
Families as Advocates & Leaders
Involvement in Child’s Education, Volunteering in Child’s Classroom & School, Volunteering in Community, Comfortable Making Decisions re: Child’s Health, Confident in Speaking up for Child & Family, Awareness of State/Federal Issues that Impact Children & Families