Known statewide as strong advocates for pre-k, our allies in Tennessee are also effective voices for home visiting and other early childhood supports. 

State Allies:

Tennesseeans for Quality Early Education • Nashville, TN
Top Priorities for 2020

Appoint a Child Care Taskforce to draft a strategic plan

Expand on pre-k where quality and need intersect

Fund evidence-based home visiting

Last year, Tennessee advocates achieved the first net increase in the home visiting budget in nearly a decade and defeated a bill to siphon-off pre-k funding for use in other grades — for the fourth time.

  • Authorized Local Education Agencies that receive pre-k program approvals to utilize an alternative academic growth indicator. 
  • $1.8 million for three years to fund an early literacy and math coaching pilot for pre-k through third grade.
  • Increased child care reimbursement rates by 35% for infants and toddlers and 20% for three- and four-year-olds, and an additional 15% increase provided to rural counties designated as distressed.
  • Began requiring parent notification if a child is below grade level in reading prior to third grade.

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Tennessee early childhood policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

News from Tennessee:


Tennessee Pre-K Quality Improves Again — Thanks to Policy Changes

Tennessee now meets eight out of 10 quality standards benchmarks that evaluate the effectiveness of preschool education programs, according to The State of Preschool 2019 report issued by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). This ranking comes as a result of successful policy changes that enabled Tennessee to meet the Continuous Quality Improvement System (CQIS) benchmark for the first time.

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