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State Commission Recommends Pre-K Expansion

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/TNS) — The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is recommending the state expand its pre-K and home visitation programs to help youth be more successful in school and life.

 

The commission is basing its recommendations on a policy report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count project.

The Commission’s Linda O’Neal says the report identifies disparities between racial and ethnic groups and recommends ways to address them.

"We can especially make a difference if we do things like expand pre-kindergarten programs and home visiting services that help families and children get off to a good start. We know family resource centers help young people who are in school and that the more we do to keep children in school and learning the better their prospects to succeed not only in school, but in life."

The commission is a state agency created by the Tennessee General Assembly. Its primary mission is to advocate for improvements in the quality of life for Tennessee's children and families.