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TCCY’s Vision and Mission

TCCY’s Vision.All children in Tennessee are safe, healthy, educated, nurtured and supported, and engaged in activities that provide them opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.

TCCY’s Mission.The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) advocates to improve the quality of life for children and families and provides leadership and support for child advocates.

Commission. The policy-making body of TCCY is a 21-member commission whose members are appointed by the governor. At least one member is appointed from each of Tennessee’s nine development districts. Four youth advisory members meet the federally mandated composition required for a Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act state advisory group.


Legislature to Consider Governor’s Plan to Fill Gaps in State's Health Care System

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth’s recommendation regarding Governor Bill Haslam’s proposed Insure Tennessee plan that will provide coverage for Tennessee’s uninsured that is market-based, promotes personal responsibility, addresses cost, and is a big step towards real healthcare reform in Tennessee is available.

Help TCCY Honor Child Advocate, Youth

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is soliciting nominations for the Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award and the Youth Excellence Award. The Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award recognizes commitment to improving, expanding and/or advocating for children and youth. The Youth Excellence Award recognizes youth whose behavior led to their coming into contact with juvenile court, yet whose subsequent behavior had involved giving back to the community. Contact More information about the awards is available.

TCCY Releases New KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee

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The latest edition of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth’s KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee report focuses on the importance of making sure children arrive at school with the cognitive, social and emotional skills they need to learn.

More than half the expenditures for children through the Tennessee state budget go to education, mostly for educating children ages 6 or older. The return on investment for this spending depends on the foundation formed in students’ first five years. During this critical time, children either develop the skills they need to learn or learn to cope with adversity in ways that undermine their opportunities for success in school and in life.

KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child 2013 is available on TCCY’s website at

Other TCCY videos about the report are also available.  

New KIDS COUNT® Report Recommends Two-Generation Programs to Strengthen Families

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Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach, released Nov. 12 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® project, calls for cooperative efforts to strengthen families — parents and children — as they seek better futures. Successful parents help children thrive, and together they contribute to a stronger economy in Tennessee and nationally.

Half of all Tennessee children age eight or younger, nearly a quarter million children, live in families whose low incomes limit their access to health care, out-of-school activities and family time together, while increasing their stress.

Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach is available online at

Ombudsman Program Use Information Available

TCCY Ombudsman Program staff, Gerald Papica, and interns, Carin Harris and Taylor Pitts, have compiled information on TCCY's Ombudsman Program. The program's 2013-14 Annual Report and a baseline Ombudsman Program Satisfaction Survey, FY 2013-14 can be accessed from this page.

Tennessee's Improvement in 2014 National KIDS COUNT Data Book Among Best in the Nation

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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.  

25th Edition: KIDS COUNT National Data Book, 2014 is available online at Indicator data are available.

Other TCCY videos about the report are also available.  

TCCY Programs and Services for Tennessee’s Children

What We Do

TCCY works with state agencies, juvenile courts, child advocacy groups, interested citizens and other organizations to improve services to children. The commission members, central office staff and regional coordinators are engaged in the following activities:

  • Improving the coordination of services for children;
  • Collecting and disseminating statistical and programmatic information;
  • Informing citizens and organizations of children’s issues;
  • Tracking legislation and making recommendations to the Governor and Legislature;
  • Administering the Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant and other federal and state grant funds for juvenile justice programs.