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Early Success Coalition Marks a Milestone and Makes Big Changes

Tuesday evening was a time for celebration as the Early Success Coalition marked 10 years of service in Shelby County, announced its new home at Porter-Leath, and named Kellie Mitchell as its new Director. The non-profit collaborative works with a network of caregivers and providers to give the community’s youngest and most vulnerable children the strongest foundation for lifelong success. 

by Elise Herron | Duy Nguyen

During the reception, key partners illuminated the Coalition’s accomplishments in improving outcomes for children from pre-conception to age five – as well as discussed its plans for the future. “It’s a good time to reflect, look back at what’s worked and what we can do better” said Sean Lee, President of Porter-Leath. Other partners include Centering Pregnancy, First S.T.E.P.S., Le Bonheur, Nurturing Parenting, One by One Ministries and the Shelby County Health Department.

The Coalition also formally welcomed Kellie Mitchell as its new Director. A native Memphian, Mitchell is a graduate of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health as well as the former Director of Strategic and Affiliate Operations at A Step Ahead Foundation. She brings over 10 years of experience in child and maternal health to her role at the Coalition.

Looking forward, the Coalition will continue to expand outreach, education and services for children and families from its new home at Porter-Leath’s Early Childhood Support Center, located at 3400 Prescott Road.

Images from the event

About Porter-Leath

Before 1850, widows and orphans in Shelby County, Tenn., had nowhere to turn for food, shelter, clothing and care. That meant willing and compassionate citizens had to fill the gap. Sarah Leath was one of those citizens, and as a widow and mother herself, she took the lead to organize such a place—the home that would become Porter-Leath. Since its founding, Porter-Leath has remained passionately committed to serving at-risk children and families in Memphis. While both its name and mission have evolved with changing times and events, the focus has always been to serve Memphis’ most vulnerable citizens. Today Porter-Leath helps more than 10,000 low-income children and families annually with programs designed to meet their developmental, health and social needs at the earliest opportunity. Our mission is empowering children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle.

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Early success coalition

Since our focus is on improving the lives of children we work to strengthen the network of caregivers and providers that serve these children. Specifically, we work with early childhood service providers including teachers, pediatricians and other health care providers, infant mental health specialists, behavioral health specialists, home visitors, social service providers as well as parents and caregivers.

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