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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 […]

Tackling Tennessee’s Opioid Crisis Through Quality Early Learning Programs

Education

Tackling Tennessee’s Opioid Crisis Through Quality Early Learning Programs

Last week a group of Chattanooga leaders, including Mayor Andy Berke and U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann, along with TQEE coalition partners from business, law enforcement, military, nonprofit and faith communities, held a summit at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce titled “Caring for Young Victims of the Opioid Crisis”. The purpose was to highlight the epidemic’s […]

Candidates Supported by TQEE-PAC

Candidates We Support

Candidates Supported by TQEE-PAC

Trey Winder (McMinn, Monroe Counties) Endorsed by TQEE-PAC for State Representative Trey Winder has received the endorsement of early education advocates, Tennesseans for Quality Early Education – Political Action Committee (TQEE-PAC). Winder stepped down from his position as City Judge to seek the district 23 position that became vacant when long-time Representative John Forgety announced […]

Trey Winder (McMinn, Monroe Counties) Endorsed by TQEE-PAC for State Representative

Candidates We Support

Trey Winder (McMinn, Monroe Counties) Endorsed by TQEE-PAC for State Representative

Trey Winder has received the endorsement of early education advocates, Tennesseans for Quality Early Education – Political Action Committee (TQEE-PAC). Winder stepped down from his position as City Judge to seek the district 23 position that became vacant when long-time Representative John Forgety announced his retirement. Winder won the support of TQEE-PAC for his many […]

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