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“First Eight Memphis” aims to help provide early – and educational – childcare for local families

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – There’s a new joint effort to provide an early childcare system for some of Shelby County’s most vulnerable chil...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – There’s a new joint effort to provide an early childcare systemfor some of Shelby County’s most vulnerable children and families.

City, county, and school leaders celebrated the start of the“First Eight Memphis” program Thursday morning at Downtown ElementarySchool. First Eight will provide accessible childcare for families withchildren up to five-years-old, and get them into pre-K.

SCS says the new program will also help with their third-gradereading initiative.

“Pre-K builds the foundational skills. Build thatbench, if you speak, so that students can articulate through school with agreat start, because learning to read and reading to learn is paramount forstudent success,” said Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray.

First Eight has set a goal to help 30,000 children andfamilies, and to have 90% of children kindergarten ready in the next five years.