Educate and Inform


As the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT partner in Tennessee, TCCY compiles and provides data to the KIDS COUNT datacenter and produces publications utilizing this and other data to report on the well-being of Tennessee children and families. TCCY administers, a free, one-stop resource for Tennessee families to access state services and find information to help raise healthy and happy kids.

Creating strong brain architecture and healthy child development in the earliest years of life is a critical strategy for preventing disease, disability and social problems across the life span. TCCY has intensified its advocacy of and collaboration for early childhood well-being and preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). This work includes training, collaboration, and advocacy at local, regional and state levels. 

kidcentral tn is a free, one-stop resource for Tennessee families to raise healthy and happy kids.

TCCY gathers, analyzes and reports information on children and families in various publications, including the annual KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee, tracking the status of children’s educational, socioeconomic and physical well-being. Tennessee’s KIDS COUNT Project is part of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s network of state-level KIDS COUNT projects. TCCY participates with the Casey Foundation in the release of reports on child well-being nationally, including the annual National KIDS COUNT Data Book.

TCCY oversees resource mapping of all funding through the state budget to help children in Tennessee be safe, healthy, educated, nurtured and supported and engaged in activities to succeed in school and become productive adults. A report on prior fiscal year spending is submitted to the General Assembly annually. Twenty-three state agencies serving children reported on expenditures during fiscal year 2012-13.

A podcast produced by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth "There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings."