We’re Mobilizing Tennesseans to Be the Voice for Kids

Tennesseans overwhelmingly support investing in our kids, and especially early education.

We’re committed to making sure that every child in Tennessee gets the best start, because research shows that the first five years are critical to future success in school and life.

Join us to become the strongest possible voice for children in Tennessee!

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I am so very grateful I found such wonderful organizations with which to affiliate to help children as SCAN and SAVE. SCAN builds my knowledge base about both issues and effective ways to respond to issues, particularly in the area of policy development and implementation. SCAN gives me a voice to speak on behalf of those who have no voice. This makes me feel that my efforts are worthwhile. - Anita Davis, Volunteer Leader

Leadership in Tennessee

Katie Growden (She/Her)

Tennessee State Manager

As a mom of three and early childhood educator with over 25 years of experience working with children ages birth through 6 years, Katie moved into advocacy work to raise awareness of issues faced every day by children, families, and the early education workforce.

Before joining SCAN’s staff as Tennessee State Manager, Katie served as Public Policy Chair for the Nashville Area Association for the Education of Young Children and as a Volunteer Leader for SCAN’s Middle Tennessee Community Action Team.

She and her family have made their home in Middle Tennessee since her husband completed his military career in 1995.

When she’s not using her voice for kids, Katie enjoys supporting Nashville Soccer Club, spending time with friends and family, and traveling (especially to see her grandbaby).

Email: kgrowden@savechildren.org

Lorena Georger (She/Her)

Family Engagement Senior Associate

Before joining SCAN, as Family Engagement Senior Associate, Lorena was an accomplished educational professional with over two decades of experience teaching domestically and internationally.

She has years of experience in family engagement, activity planning, program and curriculum assessment and development, as well as creating and implementation of social emotional support and tools for practical change.

Lorena grew up in Upstate New York but has had the opportunity to live and work in other cities and countries. She holds a Masters Degree in Education from University of Washington.

She now calls Eastern Tennessee her home and is excited to support and advocate for families and children.

Email: lgeorger@savechildren.org

Tennessee in the News

Advocates Gather in Nashville to Urge Legislative Action on Child Hunger, Early Childhood Education

Shawn Millsaps

Shawn Millsaps

More investment in Tennessee child care will improve the economy and reduce inequities

Save the Children Action Network urges lawmakers in Tennessee to pass the Promising Futures Act.