Early Enrichment Center (EEC)

Early Enrichment Center at Idlewild  

EEC at Idlewild is a program of the Children and Family Enrichment (CAFE) Center. For information visit or call the EEC at 901-725-7941. 

"What matters most in a child's development, they say, is not how much information we can stuff into her brain in the first few years.  What matters, instead, is whether we are able to help her develop a very different set of qualities, a list that includes persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence. Economists refer to these as non-cognitive skills, psychologists call them personality traits, and the rest of us sometimes think of them as character."(Paul Tough, How Children Succeed)The center will be for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years and will be housed in what will be a newly renovated preschool space at Idlewild Church. This center will work with children, parents, and teachers to provide excellent care and learning for all children. The socially/emotionally-based curriculum will focus on building resilience from the earliest ages. Since studies show that 80% of children's brains are developed by the time they are 3 years old, EEC is dedicated to loving and consistent care for your children.


May 28–August 2 - Summer MAD Camp at EEC

More info and registration at MAD Summer Camp, a program of the Early Enrichment Center (EEC) at Idlewild, is set for May 28–August 2 from 8:00 to 4:00. This is weekday summer camp for rising K-5th graders, with extended care and limited drop-in care available. In keeping with Idlewild’s longtime focus on outreach, children will Make A Difference (MAD) in Memphis with animals, hunger, clean water, and more. Daily activities include yoga, outdoor play, music, crafts, reading, and water play. Register and learn more at, or call EEC at 901-725-7941 (not the church office). And pass on the word to anyone with children entering K-5th next fall.


Parent Counselor at CAFE 

CAFE now has a Parent Enrichment Place counselor, Kristi Nobbman, who offers “free, front-end” parent counseling. This is not crisis counseling, but the kind of counseling that helps parents consider how to best help their children grow.

It may be a new ADHD diagnosis, a child who is acting out due to a new baby, a child who perhaps has an irrational fear, etc. If you know of someone who would benefit please contact CAFE at 901-746-9341 or Kristi at 901-746-9450 to learn more or schedule an appointment. LEARN MORE.


Resources & tools for lifelong resilience

CAFE is devoted to providing tools for lifelong resilience. One way to do this is to be aware of current studies and theories of healthy growth. Each week this summer, we offer a link for you to watch or read so we can be a church that keeps our baptismal vows by learning how to help our children become flexible, self-regulated, able to bounce back, faithful, and confident. Here are resources offered for summer 2018.

June 10 / week 1
The Resilient Child

June 17 / week 2
How Kids Learn Resilience

June 24 / week 3
Nadine Burke Harris- Health Across a Lifetime

July 1 / week 4
The 7 Cs of Resilience

July 8 / week 5
ACE Study Memphis  

July 15 / week 6
Resilient Children-Devereux Center

July 22 / week 7
Harvard Research

July 29 / week 8
Raising Resilient Kids

August 5 / week 9
About Children’s Health

August 12 / week 10
Being Resilient Adults

August 19 / week 11
Faith and Resilience




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