Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Announces $1.9 Million for Porter-Leath Early Head Start

August 28, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the Porter-Leath Early Head Start Programs will be receiving an additional $1,979,643 grant from the Administration for Children and Families-Office of Head Start. On Monday, the Congressman announced Porter-Leath would be receiving $1,207,183 for the same Early Head Start programs.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased that Porter-Leath will be receiving these additional funds to help ensure young children in our community are ready for kindergarten. Head Start provides essential preparation for Shelby County children who need early help to prepare both academically and socially for a competitive world. This significant funding is an investment in the whole community.” 

Porter-Leath has served the Memphis community for over 160 years, offering resources to at-risk children and their families. Partnering with the Tennessee Department of Children Services, Porter-Leath offers residential, foster care, and adoption services alongside numerous other forms of assistance for families. The Early Head Start and Head Start programs are initiatives designed to promote developmental skills in children from birth to five years old, with home-based and center-based services catering to over 5,000 children and families in Shelby County each year. 

The Administration of Children and Families partners with local providers to address and respond to the needs of vulnerable families, while the Office of Head Start allocates grant funding to 1,700 nonprofit and for-profit agencies that offer Head Start services. Both organizations emphasize inclusive and holistic early development programs in order to better communities across the United States.