Early Childhood Quality and Supports
In accordance with T.C.A. §§49-1-1101-1109, the department is mandated to inspect and approve all programs subject to the State Board's jurisdiction pursuant to T.C.A. §49-1-302(l).
All public and private school-administered infant/toddler, preschool, before and after school programs, as well as, approved Montessori programs, TEIS early intervention programs, school-based and community-based Lottery Education Afterschool Programs and 21st Century Community Learning Centers must be in compliance with Standards for Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and School-Age Extended Care Programs, Chapter 0520-12-01, adopted by the State Board of Education as defined in T.C.A. § 49-1-302(l) and certified by the Department of Education and verified through inspection by the Department's child care program evaluators.
Schools offer a variety of programs serving children under kindergarten age:
- Infant/toddler care 6 weeks to 4 years in child development labs in high schools
- Employee child care for children of teaching staff
- Early intervention programs birth to 3 years old
- Pre-kindergarten programs, including the TN Voluntary Pre-K classes
- Non-public school child care as a part of their school's mission.
These programs are monitored regularly for compliance with all applicable rules in Chapter 0520-12-01 and are encouraged to provide nurturing activities to promote healthy physical and mental development.
In addition to compliance with Chapter 0520-12-01, the public school administered Pre-K programs (TN Voluntary Pre-K, Title I funded, and/or locally funded) must provide educational programs in compliance with Chapter 0520-01-03-.05(5) and correlated with the Tennessee Early Learning Development Standards.
For school-age children, the before and after school programs (also referred to as school-age care programs or extended school programs) must provide programs in compliance with Chapter 0520-12-01. School age care components should provide a blend of activities to promote experiential learning, development of social emotional skills, and physical activities.
The point of afterschool programs is not to extend the typical classroom format, but to provide an opportunity for students to engage in unique activities which support and reinforce learning.
Contact Your Local Evaluator
The table below lists the contact information for evaluators of child care programs and their geographic location.
|First Name||Last Name||CORE Office||Cell|
|Billy||Benton||Billy.E.Benton@tn.gov||Mid Cumberland||(931) 239-1193|
|Adrienne||Butler||Adrienne.Butler@tn.gov||Upper Cumberland||(931) 239-6819|
|Summer||Cleek||Summer.Cleek@tn.gov||East & First TN||(865) 963-5235|
|Mitzi||Cogdell||Mitzi.J.Cogdell@tn.gov||Southwest TN||(423) 716-5820|
|Kelly||Davis||Kelly.S.Davis@tn.gov||Southeast TN||(423) 551-0842|
|Jessica||Franklin||Jessica.Franklin@tn.gov||East TN||(865) 203-4337|
|Meg||Hall||Meg.Hall@tn.gov||Southwest TN||(731) 307-7808|
|Summer||Johnson||Summer.Johnson@tn.gov||First TN||(423) 440-5175|
|Cynthia||Johnston||Cynthia.D.Johnston@tn.gov||Mid Cumberland||(615) 626-8911|
|Amy||Lawson||Amy.Lawson@tn.gov||First TN||(423) 202-6824|
|Annabel||Mainord||Annabel.Mainord@tn.gov||Upper Cumberland||(931) 797-7417|
|Jackie||McCall||Jackie.McCall@tn.gov||Southwest TN||(901) 417-3598|
|Henri||Murphy||Henri.Murphy@tn.gov||Mid Cumberland||(615) 393-3925|
|Jennifer||Patrick||Jennifer.Patrick@tn.gov||Mid Cumberland||(615) 517-8236|
|Steven||Shumate||Steven.P.Shumate@tn.gov||Mid Cumberland||(615) 630-1150|
|Alaina||Suttle||Alaina.Suttle@tn.gov||Mid Cumberland||(615) 517-7431|
|Donna||Teague||Donna.D.Teague@tn.gov||Mid Cumberland||(731) 358-1496|
|Cynthia||Templin||Cynthia.R.Templin@tn.gov||East TN||(865) 712-6736|
|Jerri||Tuten||Jerri.Tuten@tn.gov||Mid Cumberland||(731) 307-8045|