Porter-Leath brings vital early childhood education and family services to children and families in Shelby County each year. Porter-Leath Preschool encompasses several components, including Early Head Start, Pre-K and Preschool classrooms. Porter-Leath'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 is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and maintain 3-star recognition from the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

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Early Head Start

Quality care for pregnant women or families in Shelby County with children who are 6 weeks to 2 years old on August 15, 2022

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First 8 Pre-K

Quality Pre-Kindergarten learning for children who are 4 years old and live in specific ZIP codes.

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Quality early childhood education for local children who are between 6 weeks and 5 years old.

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Family Outcomes

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:

Family Well-Being

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

Why Preschool?

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Your monthly gift provides on-going program 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