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KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey foundation, is an effort to provide state legislators, public officials and child advocates with reliable data, policy recommendations and tools needed to advance sound policies that benefit children and families. The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is the Tennessee KIDS COUNT affiliate, providing county-level data to the KIDS COUNT Data Center, promoting  KIDS COUNT data publications, and annually publishing KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee.

William Edwards Deming—a driving force behind the development of Japanese management principles—was known to say “In God we trust. All others bring data.” The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth promotes evidence-based policy, and data is where the evidence is found.

KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee is an annual data book that tracks the status of children by analyzing state- and county-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.

Teens on cover of 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Tennessee’s Growing Child Population: More Reasons to Focus on Improving Child Well-Being Today

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The well-being of Tennessee children has improved in many areas in the last 30 years, according to information in the KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Despite having been ranked in the 40s in earlier years, the state’s overall rankings in recent years have hovered in the mid-30s, including its ranking of 36th in the 2019 report.

“While changes in the way the data are collected limit our ability to compare this year’s ranking to older ones, TCCY is pleased Tennessee now ranks better than it did in the early days of its participation in KIDS COUNT when the state ranking was much nearer the bottom,” said Richard Kennedy, Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, the state’s KIDS COUNT affiliate.

Tennessee is among the top quarter of states with the greatest increase in the number of children between 1990 and 2017.

“Tennessee’s 1.5 million children are each born with potential for success if given the opportunities and support needed to nurture their growth,” said Kennedy. “The state’s future relies on them.”

The 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book will be available at Additional information is available at The 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book will be available June 17 at 12:01 a.m. EDT at Additional information is available at



Child and Mother on cover of Kids Count Young Parent Policy Report

Tennessee Missing Opportunities to Give Young Adult Parents and Their Kids a Boost

New Casey Foundation report illuminates needs and barriers facing Tennessee’s young parents and their children

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With limited access to opportunities to advance their education and find family-sustaining jobs, Tennessee’s 75,000 young adult parents face hurdles to support their children and fulfill their own potential, according to Opening Doors for Young Parents, the latest KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The fifty-state report reveals that, at 13 percent, Tennessee is above the national average (10 percent) of youth ages 18 to 24 who are also young parents.

“Becoming a parent is life-changing at any age,” said Rose Naccarato, KIDS COUNT director at the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, “but young parents are less likely to have
finished their education or found a long-term career and so they have unique challenges to their time and finances.”

Opening Doors for Young Parents is available at

Tennessee KIDS COUNT: State of the Child with running children

Improving Outcomes for Children in Tennessee

The KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee 2016 report released today by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) focuses on the importance of preventing and responding appropriately to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), current ACEs data for Tennessee, and also ranks counties on child well-being.

The child well-being rankings for the Tennessee counties in KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee report the range of outcomes from Williamson County, which ranked the best, to Shelby County, where children face the most obstacles.

This report includes the most recent data on ACEs in Tennessee from the Department of Health Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee is available online. Profiles for individual counties, including how each ranks overall and on the domains by linking to the county pages, are available.

Rose Naccarato headshot

Rose Naccarato

KIDS COUNT/Resource Mapping Director
(615) 532-1583