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University Schools Partnerships

Harwood x UofM

Harwood Center

Founded in 1957, Harwood Center, Located in Memphis, TN, serves children ages 18 months through 6 years who have developmental delays and autism. Harwood Center is currently the only company in the state of Tennessee with a two-year Behavior Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) accreditation. Our goal is two-fold: we strive to optimize the learning potential of each child that comes through our doors as well as work diligently to make sure each child is fully known and fully loved.

In Fall 2020, we are continuing to expand our services with our growing partnership with the University of Memphis (UofM). This expansion will involve implementing a multi-disciplinary classroom on the campus of the UofM that will merge Licensed Special Education teachers and Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

The  classroom schedule will be Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m., with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services offered from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. The classroom will be led by a Licensed Special Education Teacher and two associates who are all additionally Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT), a national certification within the field of ABA. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will also be working closely with the Teacher and providing the RBTs their required supervision and clinical guidance.

The classroom ratio will be one adult to every 3 students, providing a small ratio to optimize learning during an essential part of brain development. Due to the quality of the professionals and low ratios, the classroom requires a monthly tuition of $1,100. Priority of this classroom is for faculty, staff, and full time students of the UofM. This will create an opportunity for the families we serve to achieve or support those seeking a higher level of education while their children receive nationally accredited clinical and educational care.

For more information, please visit the Harwood Center website at www.harwoodcenter.org or facebook page at @harwoodcenterinc.

Inquires about enrollment can be directed to intake coordinator at jessica.james@harwoodcenter.org or call 901-584-8281.


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Porter-Leath

Porter-Leath has been dedicated to empowering children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle for more than 170 years. The agency now serves more than 10,000 children and families each year through their program focus areas that are designed to meet developmental, health and social needs at the earliest opportunity.

The University of Memphis and Porter-Leath are partnering to launch a new, innovative Early Childhood Academy located alongside the Orange Mound neighborhood’s RedZone Ministries. The Academy is designed to help address a critical need for early childhood care in the Memphis community.

The partnership will provide a research-based educational facility to serve children ages 6 weeks through 5 years old, where care is most crucial and underprovided in Shelby County. The Early Childhood Academy will feature state-of-the-art research and observation technology, wraparound services for children and families, child-centered and developmentally appropriate spaces for learning and training facilities for current and prospective early childhood practitioners.

More information about applications and the admissions process will be available Fall 2021.

For more information about the partnership, please click here.

For more information about Porter-Leath, please visit their website: https://www.porterleath.org/