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2019 Child Care Study

Want to Grow Tennessee’s Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis If you're a Tennessean, the Child Care Crisis impacts you. We have the numbers to prove it. Our 2019 report, “Want to Grow Tennessee’s Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis,” [...]

Tennessee Early Education Poll

2019 TN Voter Poll Summary Since 2017 TQEE has commissioned Public Opinion Strategies to conduct an annual poll to gauge voter support for policy proposals to improve early education outcomes in Tennessee.  The most recent, conducted in November 18-21, 2019, [...]

Report Confirms: PreK Advantage Carries Through 3rd Grade Given Effective K-2

Vanderbilt researchers, together with the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, have released a new working paper with major implications for early education in Tennessee.  The paper confirms Tennessee PreK students who subsequently experienced “sustaining environments” – meaning they attended high […]

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TQEE actively supported the Lee administration’s education proposals during the special session as a strong and important start for addressing the literacy crisis and education-related challenges laid bare by the pandemic. With nearly two-thirds of Tennessee’s third graders not proficient in reading and math – a number that has likely worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic – improving early education is an

Governor Bill Lee has called a special legislative session, beginning Tuesday, January 19th, to prioritize passing a suite of education bills related to sagging literacy, learning loss, assessment and accountability and salary increases for teachers and other educational staff. With two-thirds of Tennessee’s third graders not proficient in reading and math – a number that has likely worsened due to the COVID-19

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, only a third of Tennessee's 3rd graders were reading on grade level. That's projected to have worsened because of interruptions to education resulting from the pandemic. To help tackle this crisis, the Tennessee Department of Education announced on January 4th that they will spend $100 million on a new initiative called "Reading 360" to help teachers,

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans for Quality Early Education (TQEE) announces the appointment of Lee Harrell as Vice President of Advocacy. In this role, Harrell will direct TQEE’s state advocacy program, advancing state policies that ensure all Tennessee children birth through 3rd grade get the high-quality early education they need to power our state’s future. “We are thrilled to welcome Lee Harrell to our

TQEE has been among the state’s strongest advocates for expanding Evidence-Based Home Visiting (EBHV), a best practice in early childhood development which has repeatedly proven to strengthen parenting skills, reduce abuse and neglect, and get children ready for school. In addition to the well-documented positive impact on lives, the program generates savings for taxpayers up to $5.70 for every $1 invested through reduced

Take a step back from the compelling financial return on investment of evidence-based home visiting (EBHV) policy to study the true impact of this vital program through the lives of Tennessee children. While home visiting boasts a remarkable $5.70 positive return for every $1 investment, it’s most powerful performance measure is best viewed via the experiences of thousands of Tennessee children around the state whose lives – and

Republicans and Democrats alike understand that affordable, quality child care is crucial to economic growth. That's why Senate Republicans are likely to include a provision to provide billions of dollars for child care providers in the GOP's federal coronavirus relief bill, according to this Politico article. TQEE's annual poll of Tennessee voters revealed 90% of voters believe child care has a major impact

On February 19th, Mayors from counties across the state joined TQEE to emphasize the importance of policies that would allow for accessible and affordable childcare, expanded Pre-K and overall improved early learning. As Mayor Julian McTizic of Bolivar put it: “The future of our community and the future of our state depends on early childhood education.” Ninety advocates from across the state including educators, Pre-K directors, elected officials and

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