Who We Are


The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) is an independent, nonpartisan agency created to ensure the state’s policies and programs effectively promote and protect the health, well-being and development of children and youth.

Established by the Tennessee General Assembly as a permanent commission, TCCY is the state’s centralized informational resource and advocacy agency for timely, fact-based information to aid policymaking and coordination of resources.


The commission consists of 21 members who serve overlapping three-year terms. Each is appointed by the governor based on their demonstrated leadership, interest, knowledge, and involvement in issues concerning children and youth.

Each of the state's nine development districts must have at least one representative, and the commission includes residents from both urban and rural areas.

What TCCY Does                                                                                                                                                                                                The work of the commission involves:

Data and Insights: Monitors various child and youth indicators to identify trends and areas of concern; keeps up with best practices for addressing issues affecting children and youth.

Collaboration: Convenes various agencies and organizations in leading efforts to improve services for children and youth.

Policy Advocacy: Reviews data and outcomes of various policies related to children and youth to provide evidence-based suggestions for improvement.

Public Awareness: Promotes public awareness about children's issues and advocates for community engagement in addressing these concerns.

Learn More

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth Act of 1988 may be referenced in the Tennessee Code Annotated Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 1 at https://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/tncode/