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Early Head Start

The Early Head Start Program is designed to provide early intervention and child development services to eligible pregnant women and children from birth to age three. The program began in 1998 and offers a combination of home-based and center based Early Head Start services to the community.  Within the program, there are departments to carry out tasks required to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the children and families served. For a full list of Early Head Start goals and the school readiness plan, click here.


The Family Services Department offers services to help the family meet their basic needs. This department is staffed by Family Service/Health Workers and a Home Visitor. The Health/Disabilities/Nutrition Department offers services for children with special needs and helps to identify and implement healthy and safe practices both in the classrooms and in family homes.Nutrition services are provided to offer parents education on healthy cooking and eating habits.  Nutritious meals are planned for children and families and approved by a Registered Dietician.  Parents are provided with a daily menu informing them of the meals provided to their children. For more information on these departments, contact Maggie Vann or call 901-577-2500 x 1189.


The Education Department offers developmentally appropriate classroom activities and practices.  Children are given the opportunity to make choices and participate in social activities.  Porter-Leaths goal is to help the child develop cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically. A current parent manual may be downloaded here. For more information on the Education Department, contact Andrea Hessling or call 901-577-2500 x 1140.


The program is managed by a Site Manager, TaWanda Randolph, assisted by a parent elected Parent Committee and governed by the Policy Council and Porter-Leath’s Board of Directors. For more general information about Early Head Start, click here.

Featured Story
"My son, Keilan, enrolled in the Early Head Start program at eight weeks old in June of 2000. Upon entering the program he developed using his cognitive, gross motor, fine motor, language, social emotional and self help skills extremely well.
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