Faith-Based Groups

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
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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.

#MyEarlyEducation to support the Tennesseens for Quality Early Education
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