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Mayors Say Early Education a Springboard to a Vibrant Workforce

Mayors Coalition

Mayors Say Early Education a Springboard to a Vibrant Workforce

Tennessee’s city and county mayors are lining up in support for stronger early childhood education programs. More than 60 mayors from across Tennessee have joined TQEE’s mayors coalition. The group recognizes that high quality early education is a dynamic, strategic force able to positively impact individuals’ life-long learning, employment and earnings potential.  “It is a […]

Spring a Great Time to Get Kids Moving

Parenting

Spring a Great Time to Get Kids Moving

Spring is a welcome season here in Tennessee with the budding of new flowers and the emergence of warm weather. The season is typically filled with delight for young children as they participate in egg hunts, picnics, and outdoor play, as well as relishing baskets of goodies with plenty of chocolate! The season is also […]

Food for Thought

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Food for Thought

TQEE Policy Director, Lisa Wiltshire, is our expert on early education. She’s a former kindergarten teacher, previous director of the Office of Early Learning at the Tennessee Department of Education, and a graduate of the prestigious Bank Street College of Education. While expert, Lisa is always learning, and we along with her. Here are a […]

Unsung Heroes Make All the Difference In Children’s Lives

Parenting

Unsung Heroes Make All the Difference In Children’s Lives

Each year, as part of its mission to help foster good child development in at-risk situations, Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee (PCAT) honors three caregivers — one in each of the state’s grand divisions. This year, the “Unsung Hero” awards went to three outstanding women who have gone “above and beyond”, and we’re excited to tell […]

Literacy Coaching for Child Care Teachers Drives Big Wins for Kids

Coaching

Literacy Coaching for Child Care Teachers Drives Big Wins for Kids

Of all the education investments where Tennessee has seen a positive impact made with public funding, one with the most promise may be early literacy coaching in child care. The state’s child care landscape is a hodgepodge of mixed providers with frontline personnel having varying degrees of experience and ability. Teaching jobs often pay less […]

Athletes Aren’t the Only Ones Who Need Coaches

Coaching

Athletes Aren’t the Only Ones Who Need Coaches

March Madness is behind us for this year but boy what a season! Hats off to Virginia for staying the course and finishing strong. The season finish was a testament to hard work, perseverance, and teamwork. It was also a testament to good coaching and unrelenting practice, which offers a parallel to excellent teaching. Tennessee […]

Waging the Battle for Literacy and Math Proficieny

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Waging the Battle for Literacy and Math Proficieny

Early literacy and math are among the greatest predictors of future academic success. That fact can be troubling when one considers that only 34% of Tennessee 3rd graders are proficient in literacy and only 40% in math. But here are a few Tennessee-based examples of  people and communities making a difference in early learning. Enjoy […]

Great Teaching is Magic – 8

Teaching

Great Teaching is Magic – 8

In education, teachers are where the rubber meets the road. Simply put, teaching is the number one contributor to student achievement. The work of early grade teachers is especially critical to help kids establish a strong learning foundation that enables them to continue strong learning and achievement into third grade. Student proficiency in third grade […]

Statewide Buzz about the Early Education Caucus

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Statewide Buzz about the Early Education Caucus

The founding of an Early Education Caucus in the Tennessee General Assembly has created a lot of “buzz” around the state. Both caucus founders and community leaders have expressed their support for the caucus and their hope that sound early education policies are the product of the members’ work. Here is just a sampling of […]

TN Legislators Get Back to Basics on Early Education

Early Education Caucus

TN Legislators Get Back to Basics on Early Education

When a child shows up on the doorstep of a Tennessee school for the first time, there are many factors already at play that will influence how that child will perform. In Chattanooga, a diverse group of about 40 civic organizations have banded together in a community-wide campaign to raise awareness on early childhood development […]

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