• Deborah Abel

    Program Manager, Healthier Beginnings Program, University of Tennessee Martin

  • Phil Acord

    President & CEO, Chambliss Center for Children

  • Sandra Allen

    Director, LeBonheur Community Health and Well-Being

  • Elizabeth Alves

    Assistant Commissioner for Early Learning & Literacy, Tennessee Department of Education

  • Nicole Austin

    Director of Workforce Development and Government Affairs, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

  • Tequilla Banks

    Executive Vice President, The New Teacher Project

  • Keith Barnes

    Director of Child Nutrition, Tennessee Justice Center

  • Jonas Barriere

    Executive Director, UnifiEd

  • Jared Bigham, PhD.

    Executive Director, Chattanooga 2.0

  • Kristin Bradley

    Early Intervention Services Coordinator,Helen Ross McNabb Center, Knoxville

  • Scott Broyles

    President & CEO, Safe Skies

  • Kathy Buckman Gibson

    Chair, BULAB Holdings

  • Miles Burdine

    President & CEO, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce

  • Theresa Carl

    Executive Director, Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation

  • Connie Casha

    President, Tennessee Association for the Education of Young Children

  • Robin Cayce

    Director of Programs, Chattanooga 2.0

  • Caroline Christopher, PhD.

    Research Associate, Peabody Research Institute

  • Holly Coleman

    Program Officer-Education, Hyde Family Foundations

  • Katherine Cothern

    Southwest Coordinator, Tennessee Child Care Resource & Referral Network

  • Kim Cullom

    Principal, Maynard Elementary School, Knox County Schools

  • Michelle Davis

    Director, Learning Rx, Chattanooga

  • Nancy Dishner

    President & CEO, Niswonger Foundation

  • William Keith Dooley, PhD.

    Assistant Professor, Child & Family Studies, University of Tennessee at Martin

  • Amy Doran, PhD.

    Director, Pre-School and Early Childhood, Kingsport City Schools

  • Jennifer Drake-Croft

    Director, Early Childhood Well-being, Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth

  • Dana Eckman

    Director, Early Learning Innovation, Metro Nashville Public Schools

  • Darlene Estes Del-Re

    Executive Director, Office of Early Learning, Tennessee Department of Education

  • Dale Farran, PhD.

    Senior Associate Director, Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University

  • Dr. Kathy Fitzgerald

    Clinical Assistant Professor and Early Learning Practicum Coordinator, University of Tennessee Knoxville

  • Ariel Ford

    Director of the Office of Early Childhood, CIty of Chattanooga

  • Sharon Griffin, PhD.

    Chief of Schools, Shelby County Schools

Proven Results

You're Making a Difference

We’re proud to champion Tennessee’s Early Childhood Education needs and we’re making a difference! Take a moment to review the results form our recent poll. There’s always more to be done so we thank you in advance for joining us and helping strengthen further!


PreK Quality

Preserved PreK for xx,000 4-year olds while insisting on quality in EVERY classroom.

Parent Engagement

Launched new academic parent-teacher partnerships.


Defended aligned assessments and kindergarten portfolio as critical tools for monitoring and improving student progress.

Great Teachers & Leaders

Initiated two vital and actionable studies with Vanderbilt University and Tennessee Department of Education to drive improvements in early grades instruction.

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