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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.


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.  

Success of All Children Key to Prosperous Future, New KIDS COUNT Policy Report Says

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To be competitive and create a prosperous future for all Tennesseans, we must break down the barriers that prevent children across the state from achieving their full potential. Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, a policy report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® project, identifies opportunity disparities between racial and ethnic groups and recommends ways to address them. 

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children is available online at New index indicator data are available at

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.