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Seniors and AmeriCorps members are impacting the lives of at-risk children

Porter-Leath's Foster Grandparents Constant and Juanita Reynolds were nominated for the Wharton Award from the Memphis CARES Mentoring Movement while Porter-Leath teacher Denise Robinson was recently nominated for the Ujima Award. Denise served as an AmeriCorps member with Porter-Leath before continuing on her career path to become a Porter-Leath teacher. As a couple, Constant and Juanita invest over 1,000 volunteers hours serving preschool children through the Foster Grandparent Program ... Read More
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Expecting women have free resources to ensure their babies are born at a healthy birth weight!

Meet three healthy, happy sisters: K'liyah, 3 years old, Destiny, 23-months old, and 11-month old Shanell. When K'liyah and Destiny were born, they both were well below the normal healthy birth weight guideline of 5.5 lbs, weighing in at just 3.13 lbs and 4.3 lbs respectively. Their mother Teresa enrolled in Porter-Leath’s free Parents as Teachers home visitation program, or as we call it, Cornerstone , four years ago while in the middle of her pregnancy with Destiny.  Determined to... Read More
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University of Memphis Holds Family Literacy Nights at Porter-Leath

University of Memphis, led by Dr. Lauren Burrow, created family literacy nights at Porter-Leath Head Starts to provide university students, Porter-Leath teachers, and Porter-Leath families to explore effective ways to create daily literacy activities for young children. University students and Porter-Leath teachers were able to work together to practice classroom topics in a real-world setting and share activities with parents that they can use at home to promote literacy skills. The project... Read More
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Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Volunteers at American Way Head Start

The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club and its members shared their time with our children at American Way Head Start. As you can see, our children really enjoyed making some new friends and the volunteers had a blast going back to Preschool for a few hours! Read More
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Latonya Taylor Loves Kids, Invests in Others

Latonya Taylor loves kids. And she loves her job. As the site manager of one South Memphis' Early Head Start centers, she takes her job very seriously. Inspiring people along the way.This is a story about Latonya Taylor. Actually, it is a story about playing with toy blocks.  More specifically, it is a story of how the blocks represent Latonya's journey to this point. Before she climbed the managerial ladder to site manager and family service coordinator at the Renaissance Early Head Start... Read More
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