Porter-Leath breaks ground on world-class education center

Published: Mar. 16, 2016 at 4:18 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2016 at 9:49 PM CDT
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A rendering of what Early Childhood Academy will look like. (Source: Porter-Leath)
A rendering of what Early Childhood Academy will look like. (Source: Porter-Leath)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Porter-Leath takes pride in giving back to the community.

Wednesday, the group broke ground on its Early Childhood Academy on Alice Avenue. The facility will have a preschool and a teacher training institute inside.

Five-year-old Lauren Wilson is a product of Porter-Leath's education program. Her father Devon Wilson said his youngest daughter, Penelope, will attend the Early Childhood Academy once she is old enough.

"I think it's great for the community to let the younger generation seek education earlier," Wilson said.

The school will teach more than 200 children for free. The children will be between 6-weeks- and 5-years-old.

Porter-Leath said the facility will make Memphis the place to go for world-class training in early childhood education.

"We're going to have a teacher excellence program where we're going to welcome not only Porter-Leath teachers, but teachers from around the community for intensive professional development," Porter-Leath President Sean Lee said.

The school and teacher training facility is set to open in Spring of 2017.

If you'd like to learn how you can support this project and become a partner, contact Rob Hughes at 901-577-2500 Ext. 1167.

Porter-Leath has worked for more than 160 years to help at-risk children in Memphis. The group regularly provides education and other resources for children and families in need.

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