Report Lauds State for Child Screenings

Nov 5, 2013


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A recent report shows Tennessee is leading most states when it comes to screening low-income children for developmental issues.

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth released the report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on Monday.

According to the report, only four states are screening more low-income children for such issues.

Commission Director Linda O’Neal says addressing a child’s problems earlier costs less and provides the opportunity to intervene before those problems escalate.

“We know when we invest in young children and their families - and give young parents the opportunities to be good parents, and children the kinds of services and supports they need to succeed in school and in life - we’re making wise investments in Tennessee’s future.”

The report stresses providing children with cognitive, social and emotional development opportunities during the first eight years of their lives.

It calls that time period foundational for assuring success in school and life.