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A report by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative recommends states take steps to promote normalcy among children living in foster care. (JoeysPhotos/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Eight-thousand children in Tennessee are spending the holiday break with their foster families, and recent efforts at the national and state level are making it easier for them to experience a normal childhood. The federal Strengthening Families Act, signed into law last year, r

amily advocates and research emphasizes the importance of parents spending time with their children this Thanksgiving week. Credit: jusbeb/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This Thanksgiving week, advocates for families advise parents to relish time with their children. A new report from the children’s advocacy group Search Institute, stresses the importance of extra family time when it comes to development. Researchers found family t

A study finds that Tennessee's Voluntary Pre-K program may be missing the mark when it comes to long-term impact on a child's success in school.  Credit: phaewilk/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Pre-K isn't producing positive impacts on academic achievement in later grades, according to a recently released study from Vanderbilt University. Researchers found that students who participated in state-funded pre-K benefited significantly at first, but by third grade th

PHOTO: Business leaders join others in Nashville this week to remind lawmakers the availability of early childhood education is critical to the growth of the state's economy. Photo credit: Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The importance of early childhood education is a top priority for child advocates this week as they work to encourage lawmakers to expand the availability of pre-kindergarten programs to Tennessee families during Children's Advocacy Days in Nashville. While data supports the role

PHOTO: A new report on Tennessee's young children points to early intervention and increased high quality pre-K opportunities to make sure they arrive at school with the cognitive, social and emotional skills they need to learn. Photo credit: Pawel Loj/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The state of the child in Tennessee could be stronger, and a new KIDS COUNT report says that will require a greater focus on those most important early years. Research shows the vast majority of a child's brain development comes by age five. Linda O'Neal, executive director with

PHOTO: After more than 40 years in the classroom, new Tennessee Education Association President Barbara Gray begins her role today with some recent victories for the state's teachers, but more challenges are ahead. Photo credit: Liz / Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today is the first official day on the job for the new head of the Tennessee Education Association (TEA), who lists among her goals an increase in teacher pay. The salary of a starting teacher in the Volunteer State is well below the national average, and TEA President Barb

PHOTO: A strong bond with parents can be critical to a child's later success, but a new review finds that that connection is never made with some 40% of babies and toddlers. Photo credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The bonds that children develop with their parents early on can be fundamental to their success in life, but the latest research finds many babies and toddlers are missing out, and that means problems. A new analysis concludes that 40 percent of children are not getting th

PHOTO: A new KIDS COUNT data snapshot from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that 66 percent of fourth-graders are not reading at grade level, but that number grows to 80 percent among students from lower-income families. Photo credit: John Morgan.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Educators consider reading the cornerstone of a good education and future success, but in Tennessee and across the country, more young children than not struggle to read. A new report finds that despite progress made over the last decade, only about one-in-three students i

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