Legislature included additional early childhood funding in state budget

NASHVILLE – The state budget approved by lawmakers Tuesday night included an additional $1 million in funding this year for voluntary home visiting programs.

“We are grateful to Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Tennessee – especially members of the House and Senate budget committees – who prioritized children and critical home visiting programs in this budget, which will result in more children having access to a quality early childhood education,” said Mark Shriver, CEO of Save the Children Action Network. “These programs are proven to have long-lasting positive impacts, including improving literacy skills and reducing child abuse and neglect.”

Home visiting is a voluntary program that connects trained members of the community with families with young children to help give parents tools to promote early childhood development to give children a strong start in life.

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