The Early Enrichment Center at Idlewild is located in the heart of

midtown Memphis and will offer early enrichment for children 6

weeks through age 4, an after-school program and 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 developing 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 new 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 families and the larger community in which we live.