Early Care & Education
Equitable Early Care and Education Takes a Village
Community alignment around early care and education is necessary to achieve sustainable solutions for the betterment of Knoxville-Knox County youth, families, and society at large. United Way of Greater Knoxville has defined the following goals and objectives for the initiative.
Ensure child health, mental health, and development is on track beginning at birth.
Steward the network between supported and supportive families and communities.
Create and sustain reliable access to high quality learning environments from birth to age eight.
United Way of Greater Knoxville is launching a number of initiatives, events, and community-engagement opportunities to realize these goals, including the launch of Bright Start TN. You can learn more about the Bright Start program and how it sets children up for academic success here.
Programs geared toward uniting the community and its resources around early care and education have shown to bring positive benefits to individuals and the community.
Reduced health, criminal justice system, and regional education costs.
Returns of $7 for every $1 invested in early care and education and $13 for every $1 invested in economically disadvantaged children.
Helps to ensure the future economic efficiency and productivity of communities and society.
Increased health, social-emotional, and cognitive outcomes.
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