Shelby County families face a range of challenges that continue the cycle of poverty.



52% of children are kindergarten ready.


24% of 3rd graders are reading on grade-level


52% of Memphis families experience at least one ACE (adverse childhood experience) factor.


There is a 2.8% likelihood for Memphians born into the lowest economic quintile to move to the highest economic quintile.

First 8 Memphis was created to help achieve equity and opportunity across two generations. Our system ensures a more successful transition from pre-k to K-12 to college and career.

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