Bright Start TN Data Dashboard

Measure Of Success

Reading with Children

The major indicator for this measure of success is the percent of families that reported reading to their children every day during a typical week.

Learn more about the strategies and research rationale associated with Reading with Children.


  • Hover over any region to see the major indicator.
  • Click on any region in the map to generate the breakdown of parent survey questions below the map.

Statewide average for Tennessee: 15% of families in TN reported reading with their children every day in a typical week.

Zogby Analytics was commissioned by TQEE to conduct a new survey of 2,507 Tennessee parents with a child under age 9. The survey is large-scale, new (administered June 23, 2022 through August 1, 2022), and has a sampling frame that matches the Tennessee demographics (race, age, family size) for households with a child under age 9, labor market conditions in Tennessee (earnings, sector of work), and regional populations. Based on a confidence interval of 95 percent, the margin of error for the 2,507 surveys is +/- 2.0 percentage points. The regional analysis is based regional oversampling.

The parent survey question for this indicator was adapted from the American Time Use Survey:

  • During the past week, how many days did you or other family members read to this child?

The gold standard for reading with children is every day (7 days a week). Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program uses this measure for their early literacy benchmark (Measure 11) as noted in pages 38-40 of the MIECHV performance measure guidance. It is important to note that this benchmark is for children under 6 yrs and our survey includes children under 9 years.

Northeast TN includes the following counties: Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington

West TN includes the following counties: Decatur, Dyer, Hardeman, Haywood, Hardin, Lake, Madison, McNairy and Weakley


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TQEE Parent Survey

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