We’re Empowering Tennesseans to Be the Voice for Kids

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

This is key because research shows the first five years of children’s lives are critically important for their development. We’re committed to ensuring all children succeed in school and life.

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Policymakers Should Invest In Kids

Kids have really struggled since the onset of the pandemic. Due to widespread school and childcare closures, countless children have missed out on crucial early learning opportunities and, in many cases, haven’t had their basic nutritional needs met.

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Tell Our Tennessee Lawmakers: Expand Access to Pre-K

Tennessee legislators will be voting soon on legislation that could help unlock funding for as many as 5,000 4-year-olds to get a stronger start in life by attending our state’s Voluntary Pre-K Program. Send a message of support today!

State Leadership

Rachel Russell
Senior Coordinator

Rachel is the Tennessee Senior Coordinator for SCAN. Before joining SCAN, she worked as an Outreach Specialist under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Grant, creating community connections and recruiting veterans in need of affordable housing. She also worked under the Early Head Start Grant for nearly a decade, serving in multiple roles including Early Head Start Teacher, Family Service Specialist, and Early Head Start Manager.  Rachel grew up in Manchester, KY and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Eastern Kentucky University. She now lives in Knoxville where she is excited to continue working to support and advocate for families and children.

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