Bright Start TN Data Dashboard
Measure Of Success
Learn more about the strategies and research rationale associated with High-Quality Early Care and Education Birth through Age 5.
Note: Quantifying the availability of high-quality* early care and education is challenging. We do not currently have adequate data to fully capture this measure of success. What follows can serve as a primer to show some of the key relevant data that are available. In the visualization below, the primary percentage listed for each county/region is calculated by dividing the high-quality*, licensed child care capacity(slots**) available for children (under 6) by the number of children (under 6) with all parents*** in the labor force. Please read below for further discussion of limitations and other considerations.
Statewide average for Tennessee: 40% of children (under age 6) are receiving high-quality early care and education when not with their parents.
*High-quality – While there is not currently any uniform nationally adopted or state adopted definitions for quality in the context of child care, for the purpose of this visualization, high-quality refers to one of three things:
TDHS is currently in the process of overhauling the QRIS and will have a rollout of a new system later this fall.
**Child Care Capacity is the number of slots in a licensed (TDHS) or certified (TDOE) program for children: 5 years and younger only, Mixed Ages, and Missing Specific Age Ranges
***All Parents – this includes families with children under 6 years with in a single- and dual-parent households with all parents working, looking for work, or in school.
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