Tennessee ranks 49th among U.S. states in helping struggling families and children, Vanderbilt report shows


A new report from early childhood policy experts at Vanderbilt University finds that Tennessee is near the bottom of the nation when it comes to helping children and families thrive and escape poverty.

Nearly one out of four low-income Tennessee women don’t have health insurance. Almost two out of 10 women are not receiving adequate prenatal care. And more than one out of 10 infants in Tennessee are born prematurely.

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State leaders can significantly increase the number of children eligible for child care subsidies across the country by expanding income eligibility thresholds. The level of income at which a family becomes initially eligible for child
Barriers to health care, high-quality health insurance, and parental leave work together to leave families and children vulnerable during the perinatal period. These barriers can shape life-long outcomes, particularly for children from historically marginalized groups.
The issue of inadequate child care in Middle Tennessee not only affects working families but also poses a critical barrier to economic growth and workforce diversity. A lack of available and affordable child care prevents