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TCCY Releases New KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee

The latest edition of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth’s KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee report focuses on the importance of making sure children arrive at school with the cognitive, social and emotional skills they need to learn.


More than half the expenditures for children through the Tennessee state budget go to education, mostly for educating children ages 6 or older. The return on investment for this spending depends on the foundation formed in students’ first five years. During this critical time, children either develop the skills they need to learn or learn to cope with adversity in ways that undermine their opportunities for success in school and in life.


KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child 2013 is available on TCCY’s website at www.tn.gov/tccy/kc-soc13.pdf.

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New KIDS COUNT® Report Recommends Two-Generation Programs to Strengthen Families

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Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach, released Nov. 12 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® project, calls for cooperative efforts to strengthen families — parents and children — as they seek better futures. Successful parents help children thrive, and together they contribute to a stronger economy in Tennessee and nationally.


Half of all Tennessee children age eight or younger, nearly a quarter million children, live in families whose low incomes limit their access to health care, out-of-school activities and family time together, while increasing their stress.


Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach is available online at www.aecf.org

Tennessee's Improvement in 2014 National KIDS COUNT Data Book Among Best in the Nation

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"Tennessee is 36th this year in the annual KIDS COUNT National Data Book ranking on child well-being, better than its 39th ranking in 2013. The state is among the five states with the biggest improvements in overall rankings from 2013 to 2014. The Data Book rates states on four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Each domain is comprised of four measures. When the most recently available data were compared to those from 2005, Tennessee improved on 10 of the 16 measures; worsened on five and remained the same on one, paralleling national changes.  


25th Edition: KIDS COUNT National Data Book, 2014 is available online at www.aecf.org. Indicator data are available at bit.ly/15aIkVu.



Success of All Children Key to Prosperous Future, New KIDS COUNT Policy Report Says

A new data snapshot on education find fourth grade reading scores of Tennessee students improved more over the past 10 years than those of students in most other states. The report, KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Early Reading Proficiency in the United States, compares 2003 and 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) fourth grade reading scores. However, the gap between scores of lower income and higher income Tennessee students is the highest in the nation. KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Early Reading Proficiency in the United States is available online at www.aecf.org. New index indicator data are available at http://bit.ly/1dNvmnu.


Tennessee Fourth Graders’ NAEP Reading Scores Improved over 10-Year Period

A new data snapshot on education find fourth grade reading scores of Tennessee students improved more over the past 10 years than those of students in most other states. The report, KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Early Reading Proficiency in the United States, compares 2003 and 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) fourth grade reading scores. However, the gap between scores of lower income and higher income Tennessee students is the highest in the nation. KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Early Reading Proficiency in the United States is available online at www.aecf.org



KIDS COUNT in Tennessee

The toxic stress resulting from childhood trauma, including child abuse, is the focus of TCCY's newest KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee.


KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee is an annual data book that tracks the status of children by analyzing state level statistical indicators of child well-being using social, educational, economic and health data.


Tennessee's program cooperates with state departments, universities and other organizations to collect information used in the book.


At the national level, KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey foundation, is a state-by-state effort to track the status of children across the states. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.