MEMPHIS, Tenn — Do you need $500 a month? A new program in Memphis starts in August and it’ll pay parents $500 a month to participating families.
Equity to Prosperity targets low-income Memphis families with two-year-olds. This new Pre-K program is to ensure kids are on grade level when they start elementary school.
Eric Harris created this program under his nonprofit, Jessran. He previously worked as a principal for Greeter K-8 and is now working from the outside to change the education system. He also worked with the city of Memphis, Shelby County, the state of Tennessee and other organizations to make this happen.
“We are partnered with the University of Memphis and UT Health science center to provide research-based strategy and support to families and children to ensure we are tailoring things to them and not just using some curriculum because we have to,” Harris said.