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Early education nonprofit First 8 starts new search for leader in Memphis

First 8, the nonprofit that oversees early education in Shelby County, has reopened its search for a permanent executive director. The board on Tuesday approved hiring Chicago-based Carrington & Carrington to conduct the search for $50,000 plus expenses. The firm is expected to find up...

County commissioners weigh extra funding request by Memphis schools

Calling it an investment in the future, Shelby County Schools’ leaders asked county commissioners Wednesday for $7.5 million over their $1.04 billion operating budget. The financial boost, they said, would be used to add early literacy programs, double down on academic efforts when students...

New pre-K report gives Memphis bronze medal, Nashville gold

A new report on quality and access to early education programs across the country gives Memphis a bronze medal, mainly for providing prekindergarten for at least 30 percent of the city’s 4-year-olds, and Nashville a gold medal for meeting both quality and accessibility standards. The...