Congressman Cohen Announces Head Start Grant to Porter-Leath

April 28, 2021
Press Release

MEMPHIS -- Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Porter-Leath Inc. will receive a $110,456 emergency supplemental grant to operate its Head Start Programs in Shelby County from the Administration for Children and Families Office of Head Start.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased that Porter-Leath will receive this Head Start funding to help ensure young children in our community are ready to hit the ground running in the classrooms and in the wider world. Head Start provides essential preparation for Shelby County children who need to prepare both academically and socially for an increasingly complicated world. This critical funding is an investment in the Memphis community.” 

Porter-Leath has served the Memphis community for more than 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 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.