The Urban Child Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children from conception to age three in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee.
Connect with us online or check out one of our latest projects below.

First Years

What happens during the first years of a child’s life has a huge impact on his future; from his ability to graduate high school and go to college, to relational happiness, to finding a job he loves. How do you make the most of this time?

Learn More

Touch, Talk, Read, Play

In the first year of life, Baby's brain grows at a remarkable pace. By the time Baby is three, his brain will reach 80 percent of its adult size. That’s why the time from Baby's birth to when he turns three is so important. Early brain development is largely shaped by Baby's environment, as well as his health and wellness. But his brain is wired to learn and you, as parents, can be an active part of his development by these simple, daily habits that don't cost a thing.

Find Out More

Data Book

The State of Children in Memphis & Shelby County was first published in 2006 with the initial purpose of compiling the best available data on children in our community. This 2013 volume continues to track and update the data. It has also become more focused on our community’s youngest children, specifically those under age three.

Read More