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Kids Count State of the Child: Are Tennessee Children Prepared to Learn?

 

Tennessee Commission on Children and YouthNashville, TN – At the beginning of the school year, children wait for the school bus or in the drop-off lane for their first experience of school. Many of them arrive with the skills they need to learn. Many, however, arrive with gaps in the foundation for learning that must be filled so they can make the most of their experience.

Children do not enter school as blank slates, each equally impressionable to educators’ efforts. Children enter school with figurative backpacks. Some children come with an eagerness to learn, good health, emotional security and a sense of safety fostered by a supportive family and community. Others come without important tools for learning and already weighed down by the trauma of poverty, hunger, violence or abuse.

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Tennessee Improves in National KIDS COUNT Ranking on Child Well-Being

 

Tennessee Commission on Children and YouthNashville, TN – Tennessee is 36th this year in the annual KIDS COUNT National Data Book ranking on child well-being, better than its 39th ranking in 2013. The state is among the five states with the biggest improvements in overall rankings from 2013 to 2014.

The Data Book rates states on four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Each domain is comprised of four measures. When the most recently available data were compared to those from 2005, Tennessee improved on 10 of the 16 measures; worsened on five and remained the same on one, paralleling national changes.

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Tennessee Fourth Graders’ National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading Scores Improved over 10-Year Period

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Fourth grade reading scores of Tennessee students improved more over the past 10 years than those of students in most other states, a new data snapshot on education finds.

The report, KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Early Reading Proficiency in the United States, compares 2003 and 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) fourth grade reading scores.

It was issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Program. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proclaims October 17th “Lights On Afterschool Day”

 

Lights On AfterschoolNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has named October 17th as Lights On Afterschool Day in Tennessee to recognize the state’s afterschool programs’ role in enhancing learning and keeping children safe and less likely to engage in risky behavior.

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Tennessee Ranks 39th in National KIDS COUNT Child Well-Being Report

 

Tennessee Commission on Children and YouthNashville, TN – Tennessee is 39th in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book ranking of child well-being released today.

Rankings on 16 indicators are clustered in four domains — Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Tennessee improved slightly on two domains, held steady on one, and dropped on another.

“Child well-being is a barometer of the current and future well-being of the state,” said Linda O’Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, state affiliate of the KIDS COUNT program, “and while we are disappointed Tennessee’s 2013 composite ranking dropped from 36th in 2012 after three years of ‘best ever’ state rankings, we are pleased to see progress in several indicators. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth releases New Kids Count report

 

State of the Child Report Addresses Importance of Meeting the Needs of Abused and Neglected Children

Tennessee Commission on Children and YouthNashville, TN – Tennessee’s future depends on fostering the health and well-being of the next generation, including those children who are involved with the child welfare system. The latest edition of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth’s KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee focuses on the impact of child abuse and neglect and the importance of a supportive infrastructure to help vulnerable children develop successfully.

Some stress is inevitable in life, but a chronic stressful condition such as neglect or abuse is called “toxic stress” and can disrupt developing brain architecture, leading to lifelong difficulties in learning, memory and self-regulation. Abuse, neglect and ?separation from a parent present traumatic, toxic stress that can lead to a variety of ?social, emotional and behavioral problems. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proclaims October 18th Lights On Afterschool Day

 

Lights On AfterschoolNashville, TN – These days communities need every tool to prepare children for the future. Lights On Afterschool Day recognizes one tool that enhances learning and keeps children safe and less likely to engage in risky behavior – afterschool programs.

Governor Bill Haslam has named October 18th as Lights On Afterschool Day in Tennessee. The proclamation, which was requested by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY), marks the 13th annual national Lights On Afterschool Day. «Read the rest of this article»

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Governor Bredesen Proclaims October 21st Lights On Afterschool Day

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee’s schools, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs and child and community centers daily provide safe and nurturing programs for school-age children after school. Governor Phil Bredesen has joined these groups and the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth in celebrating these programs on October 21st as Lights On Afterschool Day.

The proclamation, which was requested by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, marks the 11th annual national Lights On Afterschool. The event is organized nationally by the Afterschool Alliance. «Read the rest of this article»

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Reading by the end of third grade matters

 

The future prosperity of Tennessee and the nation depends on the development of a workforce with skills for the 21st century. Reading is the foundation that opens worlds of knowledge and experience for children, but first the world of reading must be opened to them.

Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Tim Webb is participating with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Project in releasing a report entitled “Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters.” The report focuses on the importance of early proficient reading skills in all children. «Read the rest of this article»

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