TENNESSEANS FOR QUALITY EARLY EDUCATION is a bipartisan coalition of business, law enforcement, faith, education, civic organizations and individuals committed to quality early childhood education as an essential foundation and urgent priority for a thriving Tennessee.
Tennessee faith-based leaders support quality early education because we know investment in quality early childhood education results in:
- A strong, more wholesome community
- Better jobs and more tax revenue to improve our quality of life
- More donors for faith-based institutions and activities
We support the vision that by 2025, at least seventy-five percent of Tennessee’s third graders will be proficient in reading and math, thereby establishing a solid foundation for future academic achievement, employability, and success in life.
In my 20 years as a pastor, I have experienced the meaningful impact of quality child care and Pre-K. We have a moral responsibility to provide these opportunities to allow our children to escape poverty.Keith Norman Senior Pastor, Broad Avenue Baptist Church
Families in poverty need meaningful relationships, tools, resources, knowledge, opportunities and access to quality early education to better prepare their children for the future. Combined with hope, support, encouragement and love from the community, we’ve seen struggling families transformed as they move towards self-sufficiency.David Jordan President & CEO of Agape Child & Family Services