Today, the Tennessee state legislature starts a new session. Let’s ask legislators to put the needs of Tennessee’s young children front and center!
We’re Empowering 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.
WATCH: Pass the Promising Futures Act
As Tennessee strives to build a stronger and more resilient future, it is imperative that we prioritize the well-being and development of our youngest citizens.
Daycare costs more than most in-state college tuition. A scholarship fund would help more families afford it.
Mar 14, 2023
Childcare is a major expense for Tennessee families. 87% of voters think there needs to be more financial aid to cover child care costs.
Mar. 15, 2023
The Promising Futures Act would offer scholarships for children to attend childcare and learning programs. More than 150 child advocates encouraged Tennessee lawmakers support the bill.
Tennessee State Manager
Before coming on staff as Tennessee State Manager, Katie served as a Volunteer Leader for SCAN’s Middle Tennessee Community Action Team for five years. As a mom of three and career early childhood educator, Katie moved into advocacy work to raise awareness of issues faced every day by children, families, and the early education workforce. She and her husband have made their home in Williamson County for over 25 years. When not using her voice for kids, Katie enjoys supporting Nashville Soccer Club and spending time with friends and family.
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.