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Connecting Children to Literacy Resources: Penguin Playhouse

Books from Birth continues to find special ways to connect young children and their families to positive literacy resources, including books to life! The Dollywood Foundation’s Penguin Playhouse performs the story of an Imagination Library book in a twenty minute production for children. Each year, the players tour the production, offering performances at child-friendly locations like preschools, kindergarten classes and local libraries. Visiting Memphis for the first time, the Pengui... Read More

Cornerstone Parents Receive Support Through Monthly Group Connections

Porter-Leath’s Cornerstone program helps new parents become their child’s first teacher through the evidence-based Parents As Teachers curriculum. In addition to participating families receiving bi-weekly home visits from highly trained Parent Educators, they also engage in monthly meetings called “group connections” that offer opportunities for both parents and children to come together for peer-to-peer bonding and activities. “Parents are provided a safe ... Read More

Easy As 1, 2, 3: A parent’s perspective on what makes Porter-Leath special

Myrika Williford takes her volunteer role on Porter-Leath’s Preschool Parent Council seriously. As a representative for Renaissance Early Head Start on the council, Myrika provides feedback from parents to Renaissance’s site manager and works collaboratively with members of the council and Porter-Leath staff to make decisions that effect the Preschool Program. She is also on a mission to educate parents on why it is important to volunteer in their child’s classroom and... Read More

Porter-Leath Celebrates Service Milestones for 2019!

Each year, Porter-Leath honors those who have completed service milestones with the agency. In addition to dinner with their leader, each honoree received a framed certificate and a thank you gift of their choosing. Please join us as we recognize these wonderful staff who help us empower children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle each day! Five Years Tameca McPherson, Rhonda Watson, Cylinda Young, Desmond Catron, Jennifer Dunn, Kirby Scott, Tracy Strickl... Read More

Porter-Leath Teams with the United Way of the Mid-South to Drive the Dream

Living in poverty can feel like you are facing an eight-headed dragon.  Just one problem can sink you into a hole of despair. Your car breaks down, so you can’t get to work, you can’t work which means you can’t pay for food, shelter or childcare. Your child gets sick and you have no one to take care of them and you have to take off from work. Your job has downsized and you lose your job while already living paycheck to paycheck on an income that barely covers your famil... Read More