Mary (Merry) Braddock: Reindeer Edition
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 children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle. 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 40,000 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.
Why I need your help
Each year during our Toy Truck event, we not only collect new, unwrapped toys so that all 6,200 of our Preschool students can receive a meaningful gift for Christmas and the holidays, but also raise money to support our programs. Every dollar donated during this time, and through this page, is matched by one of our Secret Santas. There's never a better time to give than now!
Did you know that Porter-Leath empowers over 50,000 local children and families each year to acheive a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle? Our six program focus areas include:
Books from Birth mails over 45,000 local children an age-appropriate book each month and creates literacy connections for families, which inspire nurturing bonds between caregivers and children. These bonds yield lasting, positive results that extend beyond early childhood.
Connections provides individualized residential, placement and counseling services that meet the needs of troubled children. Connections’ staff continually evaluates each child’s development progress and provides families with specialized training to share a safe, loving, and permanent home. Forty-two children exited to a permanent home last year.
Cornerstone gives newborns and preschool children the best start in life by helping pregnant mothers and parenting families in their homes, reducing infant mortality and improving literacy and language skills. Last year, 96% of program births were healthy birth weight.
Generations builds relationships between children, adults and seniors who make a positive difference in each other’s lives. Last year, over 161,000 hours of service were provided by these mentors.
Preschool builds kindergarten readiness for children ages 0-5. Through the provision of high quality education, family support, and health and nutritional services, Preschool prepares over 6,200 children each year for a lifetime of learning success.
The Teacher Excellence Program uses intentionally designed and data-informed professional development to prepare teachers to engage in high-quality, effective practices, thereby strengthening the knowledge and skill sets of early childhood educators, resulting in improved education outcomes for children. Over 4,800 hours of professional development was provided in 2018-19.
As a holiday reindeer, I'm doing my part to raise money for Porter-Leath. The funds I raise help "pull that sleigh," providing the funds necessary to support children and families in our community all year long.
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.