Statistics about the problems facing children in Memphis can seem insurmountable: high ACE (adverse childhood experiences) scores, abject generational poverty, crime, unemployment, 40% of children under age 5 living in poverty and low childhood literacy rates. These issues can be especially daunting under the long shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the multitude of challenges, Porter-Leath uses its over 170 years of experience to empower chidren and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifstyle. Porter-Leath staff members know that there is no quick and easy fix to the problems facing our city, but by employing best-practices, measuring our outcomes and refining our programs, we can make a difference in the lives of over 50,000 local children and families.
The Ways You Can Help:
Take some time to explore this page, watch a video or review program descriptions to learn more about ALL that Porter-Leath does for our community. Consider donating to my page, knowing that your gift can provide the financial resources necessary to support quality early childhood and social services all year long.
Books from Birth continues to mail monthly, age-appropriate books to over 45,000 local children. These books are not only being well-read they have provided parents with a consistent literacy tool to use, while they are spending extra time together at home. Young children's routines have been disrupted because of COVID-19, but tthese books remain a familiar connection with caregivers or siblings.
Connections continues providing individualized residential, and counseling services for the teens at Porter-Leath's 24/7/365 facility called Sarah's Place. The Connections staff are also working with the Department of Children's Services to ensure children have access to safe foster homes.
Cornerstone continues to host "home visitation" with familes. Parent educators meet parents and children online or via phone to demonstrate lessons and give parents a chance to ask questions. While their curriculum guides the conversation, parent educators are able to tailor the discussions to individual familes needs.
Preschool educators continue teaching virtual lessons (both online and phone) and providing educational resources for parents to use at home to over 6,200 children. Family services staff check in weekly with families and help them meet emergency needs like food, diapers, and other community resources.
The Teacher Excellence Program continues providing professional development for early childhood educators through virtual seminars. The TEP have also joined preschool educators in creating educational content like videos or skills practice for parent's use with children at home.
The Early Success Coalition continues to partner with 180 local and statewide agencies to connect early childhood resources and providers with parents. Check out the new parentplus901.com, which helps parents decide what tools and resources may be available for their family.
NEXT Memphis is increasing the number of local, high-quality child care centers by offering significant resources, training, and support to community child care providers. NEXT Memphis was introduced to the community in early 2020.
Porter-Leath's Preschool Program builds kindergarten readiness skills for children 0-5. Through the provision of a high quality education, family support, and health & nutritional services, Preschool prepares children for a lifetime of learning success.
Porter-Leath's Books from Birth creates literacy connections for families, which inspire nurturing bonds between caregivers and children. As a result, these bonds yield lasting, positive results that extend beyond early childhood.
Porter-Leath's Cornerstone Program parent educators equip mothers with prenatal and postnatal tools to promote positive development, giving their children the best start in life. As pregnant and parenting families reach their potential, they promote stronger families in their own communities.
Porter-Leath's Connections Program provides individualized residential, placement and counseling services to meet the needs of troubled children. Through individualized service plans, staff continually evaluate the child's personal development progress, coordinate placement with caring foster parents, and provide families with specialized training to share a safe, loving and permanent home.
Porter-Leath's Generations Program builds relationships between children, adults and seniors who make a positive difference in each other's lives - encouraging healthy, productive and responsible communities.
Porter-Leath's Teacher Excellence Program professionalizes the work of early childhood education by strengthening the knowledge and classroom practices of early childhood teachers.
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