The first step to improving kindergarten readiness for Memphis youth is to make sure that they have access to books as soon as possible. With that strategy in mind, Porter-Leath, a leading provider of early childhood education to at-risk youth, has adopted Shelby County’s Books from Birth into their programming.

“We have admired the tremendous impact and measurable outcomes of Books from Birth,” said Sean Lee, Porter-Leath President. “Combining it with Porter-Leath’s back office support and outreach capabilities, we expect the program to continue to grow and thrive as a universal intervention ensuring every child enters kindergarten ready to learn.”

Books from Birth, an affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, currently provides age appropriate books for nearly 70% of Shelby County children under age five. As a part of the Porter-Leath family, Books from Birth staff will continue raising funds for early childhood literacy programming.

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