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The three-minute video, from The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, depicts how actions by a range of people in the family and community can affect a child’s development.

Tennessee School Readiness Definition Project

Be a part of developing components of TN’s School Readiness definition. The goal of this project is to promote school readiness by aligning and enhancing the statewide early childhood system of care and education for children ages birth through 5 years. This grant provides the state the opportunity to reach a state-wide definition of school readiness, confirm core competencies needed by early childhood professionals to support school readiness, and provide recommendations for professional development of the early childhood workforce in the core competencies.

Please visit the School Readiness blog to give thoughts on the Early Childhood Advisory Council project regarding the promotion of school readiness through alignment of early childhood systems.


The Corporation for National and Community Service offers tools and training for volunteer and service programs in their Online Learning Center. 



Chamber of Commerce in Nashville and Alignment Nashville - example of inter-network cooperation. Click here for a graphic demonstrating a process developed by Alignment Nashville to guide the work of their 21+ committees, each of which are working on collaborative solutions to a wide range of issues in Nashville/Davidson County. 



Literacy Mid-South welcomes the Academy Tutoring Project- a volunteer program that recruits and trains community volunteers to tutor children in five innovative charter schools in Memphis. Learn about Family Literacy facts compiled by the Literacy Mid-South.




Learn about First to the Top from the Tennessee Department of Education. The Tennessee Department of Education, Field Service Centers and Battelle for Kids are partnering with educators across the state to roll out the A View to the Top map to help build understanding of Tennessee's First to the Top plan and how it will drive college- and career-readiness for all students.



PENCIL Partners are Nashville-area businesses, organizations, and faith communities that partner with a variety of Nashville public schools.  PENCIL Partners volunteer time and other resources to help children achieve academically, develop life skills, and make a successful transition from school to career.



Strengthening Instruction in Tennessee Elementary Schools – Focus on Mathematics (SITES-M). Tennessee State University and Educational Testing Service (ETS) have partnered to involve a consortium of Tennessee Colleges and Universities in a large-scale professional development program over the course of five years. Together, the participating institutions will reach out across Tennessee to strengthen instruction in mathematics at the K-8 level by working with college and university mathematics and mathematics education professors, pre-service teachers, and in-service teachers in partner schools. 


Raise Your Hand Tennessee

Here is an United Way sponsored website to recruit volunteers to read, tutor, and mentor children. Anyone with passion and commitment can help a young person succeed in school and in life.




Beyond Our Halls and Walls: Getting to Community Engagement. In this episode of the Whole Child Podcast, learn what it means for communities to be involved in schools and how everyone has a role to play in ensuring that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.