Expanding Access to High-Quality Pre-K in Memphis and Shelby County

In Shelby County, TN, 45% of children live in poverty, one of the highest rates in the nation. In spite of evidence demonstrating quality early education leads to long-term educational success and well being, there are insufficient pre-K seats for all children. The public-private partnership--including First 8 Memphis, Shelby County, the City of Memphis, the Urban Child Institute, and Seeding Success--came together to address that need.

Over three years, the Community Outcomes Fund and the Urban Child Institute financed 3,000 seats of high-quality full-day pre-K using a research-based curriculum, alongside robust wraparound services for families and comprehensive professional development for teachers. The goal of the project is to increase school readiness and long-term academic success measured by student and family engagement, growth in pre-literacy skills, and Kindergarten readiness.

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

In the classic novel set in fictional Maycomb County, Alabama, Lee’s story sparked conversations about equity that still resonate today. Inspired by this classic novel on social justice, Maycomb Capital aspires to continue a dialogue around social investing, bringing innovative ideas to light through action.