WHO WE ARE:
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.