Children's Advocacy Days - March 7-8, 2023
Children’s Advocacy Days: Musical Movements of Tennessee Children in Communities
Much like an orchestra with its blend of instruments and sounds, every community strives to be in harmony, all its instruments in tune, each playing its part in the symphony. In a community, policies and systems must work together to
achieve harmony to enrich the lives of all children, youth and families. Organizations that work collaboratively bring disparate melodies together to create a symphony far greater than its individual parts. As an orchestra, each community creates its own powerful, joyous sound.
Music metaphors aside, the research is clear. Studying music at a young age promotes language and literacy, and enjoying music at any age reduces anxiety, blood pressure and pain. Music improves sleep quality, mood, mental alertness and memory. And music brings communities together. Across Tennessee, children and youth grow up with many kinds of music, from bluegrass to blues, country to classical, rock to reggae and everything in between. The musical movements in each of our communities are different, but the love of music in our souls is the same.
Children’s Advocacy Days 2023 celebrates the musical movements in all Tennessee communities and the children and youth who listen, play, dance and sing.
Come join the TN Commission on Children & Youth for two exciting days celebrating Children's Advocacy Days with the theme focusing on musical movements within our communities. Catering will be provided, as well as a live musical performance and an outstanding lineup of speakers. We can't wait for you to join us for CAD 2023!
Ray Steven’s Music and Performance Venue, 5724 River Rd. Nashville, TN 37209
March 7: 8am-4:30pm
March 8: 8am-12:30PM
*Breakfast begins at 8am each morning.
Who is Ray Stevens? Comedy King of Music City
The Venue: Music and Performance Venue
Children's Advocacy Days 2022. Currents of Change; Rivers of Opportunity.
Since Spring of 2020, we all have experienced unprecedented and unique challenges. Though challenges remain, Tennesseans are committed to finding a way forward together. The last two years have impacted some Tennessee communities more than others. While the private and public sectors found unique ways to overcome and continue to provide critical services for children and families throughout the state, we’re now getting a better idea of how each county and community has fared during the pandemic. Tentative policies and plans have become permanent, many service provider workloads have increased, and children and youth learned to adapt to a new normal. Let’s acknowledge these currents of change and the opportunities that lie ahead! Please join us Children’s Advocacy Days 2022; “Currents of Change; Rivers of Opportunity!”
The past year brought unique and unprecedented challenges for us all. And, yet, as we have seen in other times of adversity, we witnessed the commitment and determination of so many Tennesseans. Both the public and private sectors found creative ways to work together and continue to provide critical services and supports to the many children, youth and families in our state. So, as we look to the past for lessons learned, we also look to the future for new opportunities. Let’s renew our efforts, refresh our minds and refocus our energy. Please enjoy Children’s Advocacy Days 2021!
Watch Videos from Children's Advocacy Day 2021
- “Child Well-Being and COVID” -Florencia Gutierrez, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
- The Roots of a Thriving Tennessee-Laura Berlind, Executive Director, The Sycamore Institute
- Dr. Monty Burks, Director of Faith-Based Initiatives, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
- The Future of Juvenile Justice: Is Evidenced-Based Systems Enough to Prevent Delinquency? - Judge Steven Teske, Chief Presiding Judge of Juvenile & Family Court, Clayton County, GA
- Commissioner Jennifer Nichols, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
2020 Children's Advocacy Days Information
Videos from 2020 Children's Advocacy Days
The Public Health Imperative of Preventing Early Adversity – Dr. Melissa Merrick, PhD, President and CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America
Census 2020 – Joseph Williams, Director of External Affairs, Office of Governor Bill Lee, Faye Anderson, Partnership Coordinator, United States Census Bureau
Systems of Care – It’s All in Your Approach – Millie Sweeney, Deputy Director, Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association
Compelling Conversation – Health: Dr. Morgan McDonald, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health, and Dr. Freida Outlaw, Ex. Academic Consultant, SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program, American Nurses Association
Compelling Conversation – Children’s Services: Jennifer Nichols, JD, Commissioner, Department of Children’s Services, and Dr. Lori Messinger, Dean, University of Tennessee College of Social Work
Compelling Conversation – Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: Marie Williams, LCSW, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Rob Mortensen, Vice Chair, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
Compelling Conversation – Education: Lisa Coons, Chief of Standards and Materials, Department of Education, and James Pond, President, Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation
Compelling Conversation – Human Services: Danielle Barnes, JD, Commissioner, Department of Human Services, Brianna Mason, Miss Tennessee
Compelling Conversation – TCCY: Richard Kennedy, MA, Executive Director, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, Phil Acord, Chief Executive Officer, Chambliss Center for Children
Tennessee State Parks, ACE Resiliency Project, Building Strong Brains TN Innovation Grant – Sarah Green, Environmental Literacy Coordinator, Tennessee State Parks
Rural Resources Farm & Food Education Center, Building Strong Brains TN Innovation Grant – Sally
Causey, Executive Director
2019 Children's Advocacy Days Information
- Are You Ready for CAD? (video)
- Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee
- CAD Talk: Trauma Informed Schools – Matthew Portell, Principal, Fall-Hamilton Enhanced Option School
- Marie Williams, LCSW, Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
- Jennifer Nichols, JD, Commissioner of the Department of Children's Services
- Dr. Penny Schwinn, Commissioner of the Department of Education
- Dr. Lisa Piercey, Commissioner of the Department of Health
- Danielle Barnes, JD, Commissioner of the Department of Human Services
- Mary Shelton, MA, Director, Behavioral Health Operations at TennCare
- CAD Talk: Thoughts on Children’s Advocacy – Christy Sigler, JD, MTSU Title IX Investigator and TCCY Commission Member
- CAD Talk: ACEs and the Faith Community – Charlie Caswell, Executive Director, Legacy of Legends CDC
- CAD Talk: Sesame Street in Communities in Memphis – Rènee Wilson-Simmons, Executive Director, ACE Awareness Fdn
- CAD Talk: Isaiah 1:17 House – Ronda Paulson, Founder and Director, Isaiah 117
- CAD Talk: Building Strong Brains Tennessee– Mary Rolando, ACEs Innovation Director, Department of Children’s Services
- Hugh Vasquez, MSW, National Equity Project Our Unconscious Brain: Keys to Understanding and Interrupting the Impact of Implicit Bias
- Julie Sweetland, Vice President for Strategy and Innovation, FrameWorks Institute Sharing Frames to Amplify Impact
- CAD Talk: Juvenile Justice Improvements – Dr. Altha Stewart, Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth, UT Health Science Center
- CAD Talk: Early Childhood Services Network– Carla Snodgrass, Section Chief, Early Childhood Initiatives, Division of Family Health & Wellness, Department of Health
- PowerPoint Presentations.
What's Children's Advocacy Days ?
Children’s Advocacy Days (CAD) is an event with a 30-year history. It is an opportunity for children’s advocates, service providers and others to come together to be inspired by speakers, leaders and peers. The event draws approximately 600 individuals interested in children and family issues. CAD consists of training, networking, advocacy and celebration.