The Early Enrichment Center at Idlewild is located in the heart of midtown Memphis and offers early enrichment for children 6 weeks through age 4, an after-school program, a summer camp program, and myriad opportunities for parent involvement.

First and foremost, we love children. We believe in the life-shaping impact of earliest brain development and want to provide a model for our city that involves children growing in diversity from infancy. Believing that vital to early childhood development is “talk, touch, read, play,” EEC will offer children a loving, creative, safe, and stimulating care environment.

Recent studies prove that by age three babies brains are 80% developed, so these first years are vital to rearing healthy, resilient, and creative children. The EEC will be based in cutting-edge research on brain development to engender social-emotional growth, self-regulation, and creativity.

EEC is a center where young children of all backgrounds will develop healthy relationships. Babies come into the world with no judgement, bias, or fear of the world. The EEC is committed to encouraging a community, based in childhood wonder, innocence, and grace. We are excited to welcome children of every race, family configuration, socio-economic background, and religion. We know that beginning with diverse community in the earliest stages will strengthen, not just children but also families and the larger community in which we live.