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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State Leadership

Katie Growden
Tennessee State Manager
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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.


Rachel Russell
Senior Coordinator
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Before joining SCAN as Tennessee Senior Coordinator, Rachel 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 lives in Knoxville and is excited to support and advocate for families and children.

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