Early Childhood Program

The first five years of a child's life are fundamentally important. They build the foundation that shapes children's future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general. Recent research confirms that the first five years are particularly important for the development of the child's brain, and the first three years are the most critical in shaping the child's brain architecture. Early experiences provide the base for the brain's organizational development and functioning throughout life. They have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities.

The Early Childhood Section recognizes this important stage and has programs focused around ensuring that children get the healthy beginning that they need through:

  • A universal outreach program, Welcome Baby, that gives all Tennesseans access to important information to get babies off to the best start;
  • Delivery of home visiting and care coordination services;
  • System building activities that work to make the systems that parents and small children interact with work for them.

For More Program Information:

Call: 615-741-7353
Email: mch.health@tn.gov