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The University of Memphis Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning & Research Center was adopted as the laboratory preschool of the University of Memphis in 1959. Since then it has been a cornerstone in early childhood development in the Memphis community. Applications are accepted year round, and enrollment is offered for children ages 2-6 in a variety of demonstrations.

Enrollment priority is offered in the following order: children/dependents University of Memphis full-time faculty and staff, siblings of currently enrolled ELRC students, children/dependents of full-time University of Memphis students, children of Shelby County residents. Selections in each category are decided on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage families to apply to the waitlist as soon as possible after the birth of your child. 

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is now complete. However, we encourage families to apply for the 2021-22 waitlist and for future enrollment. 

Your application will roll over if your child is still age-eligible for enrollment for the next academic year.

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First Eight Memphis Pre-K Application

In partnership with First 8 Memphis, The Early Learning & Research Center is proud to announce the addition of a needs-based pre-kindergarten classroom.    

First 8 Memphis is a local non-profit devoted to serving Shelby County children and their families.  First 8 Memphis provides the funding necessary for income-eligible children to access high-quality early childhood programming in an effort to ensure kindergarten readiness and future academic success.  

Through intentional implementation of research-based curriculum and developmentally appropriate practices, classroom programming will develop pre-academic and social-emotional school readiness skills by focusing on the essential cognitive, physical, social, and emotional components of early childhood growth and development.

 In addition to ensuring kindergarten readiness, students and families will receive wraparound support services through a collaboration with Porter-Leath. These services support students’ healthy growth and development through screenings and direct family services with the long-term goal of building stronger children, stronger families, and a stronger Memphis.

This classroom is a free program for qualifying families of pre-kindergarten children.  In order to qualify, children must be age 4 by August 15, 2021 and meet household income eligibility requirements listed below.  Priority enrollment will be given to children of full-time students, faculty, and staff at the University of Memphis. 

To learn more about First 8, visit their website here.

To review income eligibility, please review this info sheet.

To review mandatory documents to be submitted, please review this documentation sheet.

Questions? Please email AK Dacus, adacus1@memphis.edu 

To Apply:

Step 1: Please review the income eligibility info sheet here and the mandatory documents for submission found here.

Step 2: Please fill out the application found here. Please be advised that the application must be completed fully before submission.

Step 3: Please submit mandatory supporting documents to AK Dacus via email: adacus1@memphis.edu 

Step 4: The ELRC will contact families via email with enrollment status. 

Please make sure to have all documentation materials and information gathered before submitting your application. Incomplete applications will not be able to be processed.