TCCY’s Vision.All children in Tennessee are safe, healthy, educated, nurtured and supported, and engaged in activities that provide them opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.
TCCY’s Mission.The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) advocates to improve the quality of life for children and families and provides leadership and support for child advocates.
Commission. The policy-making body of TCCY is a 21-member commission whose members are appointed by the governor. At least one member is appointed from each of Tennessee’s nine development districts. Four youth advisory members meet the federally mandated composition required for a Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act state advisory group.
A new data snapshot on education find fourth grade reading scores of Tennessee students improved more over thepast 10 years than those of students in most other states. The report, KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Early Reading Proficiency in the United States, compares 2003 and 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) fourth grade reading scores. However, the gap between scores of lower income and higher income Tennessee students is the highest in the nation. KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Early Reading Proficiency in the United States is available online at www.aecf.org
The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth has begun its weekly updates of legislative action on bills concerning children. Link to the report or sign up to receive weekly update emails from TCCY.
Second Look Commission released its most recent report in December 2013 with an analysis of cases involving a more than one incidence of severe child abuse.
Public Chapter 1060 of the Acts of 2010 created the Tennessee Second Look Commission (SLC) to review an appropriate sampling of cases involving a second or subsequent incident of severe child abuse in order to provide recommendations and findings to the General Assembly regarding whether or not severe child abuse cases are handled in a manner that provides adequate protection to the children of this state.
The 2013 Council on Children's Mental Health's report to the state Legislature regarding its efforts and movement toward creating a mental health system of care. The Council is staffed by Dustin Keller at TCCY and co-chaired by TCCY Executive Director Linda O'Neal and Doug Varney, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The report is available online.
TCCY works with state agencies, juvenile courts, child advocacy groups, interested citizens and other organizations to improve services to children. The commission members, central office staff and regional coordinators are engaged in the following activities: