For over 160 years, Porter-Leath has been the primary resource for Memphis' at-risk children and families. By focusing on the essential building blocks of healthy development, Porter-Leath not only gives them access to the tools they need, but also a sense of hope. Porter-Leath helps build strong children and families and a stronger Memphis through its mission of empowering children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal, and independent lifestyle. Porter-Leath meets the needs of children and families at all stages of life by focusing on forming solid foundations across six focus areas. These programs include: Preschool - Offering top-quality preschool education and wrap around support for the highest-risk children, completely free of charge, in 15 locations throughout Shelby County. Connections - Providing a safe, nurturing environment for at-risk children. Cornerstone - Increasing healthy birth outcomes and preparing families. Generations - Providing opportunities for seniors to reinvest in the lives of future generations. Teacher Excellence Program - Professionalizing the work of early childhood education. Books from Birth - Promoting kindergarten readiness and strengthening family bonds by providing high quality, age appropriate, monthly books for children throughout Shelby County from birth to age five.