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Tennessee Child Care Task Force

The Tennessee Child Care Task Force was created to help improve the quality, affordability, and access of child care in Tennessee.  As part of its mission, the board meets monthly to develop Tennessee’s strategic plan to address child care challenges.

Task Force Purpose

The task force is created by Public Chapter No. 474 to recommend a strategic action plan to guide the administration and general assembly on how to:

  1. Address the challenges of quality, affordability, and accessibility of child care in this state;
  2. More effectively use public resources to address those challenges;
  3. Build partnerships between government and the business sector, through which businesses are motivated to create and participate in strategies that address the child care needs of their employees; and
  4. Streamline coordination between the department of human services, department of labor and workforce development, department of economic and community development, department of health, and department of education in developing solutions to the state's child care challenges.

Task Force Members

  • Commissioner Clarence Carter (Chair), Tennessee Department of Human Services
  • Blair Taylor (Vice-Chair), Memphis Tomorrow President
  • Pat Sheehy (2nd Vice-Chair), Tennessee Business Roundtable President
  • Commissioner Jeff McCord, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Commissioner Bob Rolfe, Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development
  • Commissioner Penny Schwinn, Tennessee Department of Education
  • Commissioner Lisa Piercey, Tennessee Department of Health
  • Senator Becky Massey
  • Representative Patsy Hazlewood
  • Jeremy Biggs, Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center, President & CAO
  • Ryan Hughes, Boys and Girls Club in Tennessee Executive Director
  • Chlore Moore, NEXT Memphis Director
  • Phil Accord, Chambliss Center for Children President & CEO

Task Force Meetings

The Tennessee Child Care Taskforce meets monthly and members of the public are permitted to attend board meetings in-person or view board meetings streaming online.

All meetings are on the third Thursday of the month, except for November 2021 and April 2022. Meetings will tentatively start at 1:00 p.m. Central in Nashville. Click here for a listing of all meeting dates.

January 20, 2022 1:00 PM (Central)

Conference Room A & C of the Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Nashville, TN 37219
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