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 community organizations support quality early education because we know:
- Programs for disadvantaged children help close the achievement gap, increasing IQ scores by up to 10 points
- Children who enter kindergarten behind their peers academically are more likely to stay or fall behind
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.
There is clear evidence that our poorest children are lagging behind their peers. Equity in education must begin in our earliest grades.Gini-Pupo Walker Tennessee Equity in Education Coalition (Nashville)
As a doctor, pastor and founder of a high quality childcare, I have seen the positive effects of early education on both academic success and health outcomes. Early years matter.Dr. Kenneth Robinson United Way of the Mid-South (Memphis)