The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is soliciting nominations for the Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award and the Youth Excellence Award. The Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award recognizes commitment to improving, expanding and/or advocating for children and youth. The Youth Excellence Award recognizes youth whose behavior led to their coming into contact with juvenile court, yet whose subsequent behavior had involved giving back to the community. Contact email@example.com. More information about the awards is available.
The critical importance of the early years for children and our shared future is highlighted in a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report, The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, calls a child’s first eight years foundational for assuring success in school and life.
By the time they reach third grade, only slightly more than one in three children in the United States have developed the cognitive skills necessary to be on track to successfully complete high school. Unfortunately, federal spending on children is lowest during the years when rapid brain growth is occurring.
Tennessee is 39th in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book ranking of child well-being released today.
Rankings on 16 indicators are clustered in four domains — Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Tennessee improved slightly on two domains, held steady on one and dropped on another.
The national KIDS COUNT Data Book is available online. To access information for Tennessee, go to http://datacenter.kidscount.org/tn. The Data Center has been enhanced with a new, user-friendly mobile site, accessible at http://mobile.kidscount.org.
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) annually releases a report listing indicators of child well-being by county. The report released on June 7 provides information on the life-long impact of the toxic stress caused by childhood trauma. Child abuse and neglect is one of the adverse childhood events causing toxic stress. The report, KIDS COUNT: State of the Child in Tennessee, lists agencies successfully combating this problem and is available online at online.
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) is required to design and oversee resource mapping of all federal and state funding streams that support the health, safety, permanence, growth and development and education of children in Tennessee from conception through the age of service receipt through the Department of Children's Services (DCS). Each April 15 TCCY reports to the Legislature. The 2013 report is available online.
The 25th Annual Children's Advocacy Days: Number’s Matter has come and gone. Even if you missed it, you can get some of the information. Presentations for 2013 Children's Advocacy Days, and earlier presentations, are available online.
The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth celebrates two reports being released today highlighting Tennessee’s success in reducing its reliance on confinement as a response to juvenile crime.
KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Youth Confinement in the United States, available on the Annie E. Casey Foundation website, reports Tennessee bested the nation in reducing youth incarceration, with a 66 percent drop between 1997 and 2010. The Justice Policy Institute's report, Common Ground, focuses on five states, including Tennessee, that had been most successful in reducing youth incarceration. This report is available at on The Justice Policy Institute website.