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Starting at Home: Improving Early Learning Via Home Visits

Education

Starting at Home: Improving Early Learning Via Home Visits

Jennifer Pignolet of the Memphis Commercial Appeal wrote a terrific article last week describing Porter Leath’s home visiting program and its impact. Read her article HERE. We’ve also written a blog post about a family served through Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee’s early home visiting program, which you can read HERE. Home visiting professionals visit families in […]

Pop Quiz for Gubernatorial Candidates

News

Pop Quiz for Gubernatorial Candidates

The candidates for governor debated this past Tuesday in Kingsport, and the Tri-Cities community sent a message they want Early Education at the top of the agenda. The Kingsport Times News ran a front page article on the day of the debate citing local leaders urging the candidates to make early education a priority. Beth […]

Witness the transformation of a child

Education

Witness the transformation of a child

Explaining what the Voluntary Pre-K program in Kingsport City Schools means to my son Samuel and I is a "where do I begin" task. My son Samuel has many health issues that have the potential to interfere with his education. He requires extra attention to the health issues, yet needs to be encouraged to be more independent.

First Gubernatorial Debate: The Early Ed Moment

Policy

First Gubernatorial Debate: The Early Ed Moment

The debate’s one question about early education was a good one:  “Why does Tennessee have so many children not reading at grade level by 3rd grade, and what would you do to fix it?  Karl Dean voiced support for “universal Pre-k” and making it an option for all Tennessee 4 year olds. TQEE’s recent poll […]

Jackson Chamber CEO Joins Call for New Focus on Early Education

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Jackson Chamber CEO Joins Call for New Focus on Early Education

Kyle Spurgeon, CEO of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, this week joined a large and growing number of Tennessee leaders calling for greater focus on improving early education, birth through 3rd grade .  In a guest column in the Jackson Sun, Spurgeon noted, “Low proficiency in third grade is a clear indication that the quality […]

Next Governor, Legislature Must Go Back To Third Grade

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Next Governor, Legislature Must Go Back To Third Grade

Representative Mark White (R), Shelby County, last week called for a bipartisan early education caucus of the House and Senate to work collaboratively with the new Governor’s administration. White said, “Our guiding focus should be to advance evidence-based, high quality policies that are succeeding in some Tennessee communities and in other states”. In a guest column […]

Serve & Return: The Haslams and Building Strong Brains

Education

Serve & Return: The Haslams and Building Strong Brains

In tennis, a strong serve and return game is fundamental for success on the court. “Serve and return” is also the term scientists use to describe the positive adult-child interaction vital for optimal human brain development.   In the first few years of life, a child’s brain is the most impressionable, forming one million new neural connections every […]

A Young Mother Learns to Help Her Baby Girl Thrive

Education

A Young Mother Learns to Help Her Baby Girl Thrive

Itzel is protective of her mother today, forgiving her with words even though she didn’t have the easiest childhood. “My mom didn’t know any better and she definitely didn’t have anyone to turn to,” she says. Itzel’s mother called her names and made her daughter feel unwanted and unloved. It’s tough to grow up strong […]

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