Radio Show: First 8 Memphis

First 8 Memphis is a new nonprofit devoted to serving Shelby County’s children 0-8 and their families through high-quality early childhood programs. Our data-informed early childhood system aligns home visitation, childcare, pre-K, and K-3rd programs to prepare children for success in school and life.

  • County Commission and City Council have contracted First 8 Memphis to scale and manage pre-K over the next three years.
  • First 8 is a new nonprofit that serves Shelby County children 0-8 and their families through high-quality early childhood programs.
  • First 8's mission is to support families with comprehensive programs that prepare children for kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade literacy, and beyond.
  • First 8 focuses on kindergarten-readiness and third grade literacy as critical indicators of success. Their vision is to prepare 90% of children to be kindergarten ready and 90% of 3rd grade children to be reading on
    grade-level by 2025.
  • First 8's early childhood system is more than pre-k. It aligns the county's pre-k, home visitation, childcare and K-3rd programs.
  • First 8's early childhood system presents one of Shelby County's best defenses against the negative effects of poverty and adverse childhood experiences.

Learn more: https://www.first8memphis.org/

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