Tennessee ranks 49th in state services for children ages 0-3


Tennessee ranked 49th amongst the states and District of Columbia in the amount of resources available for those ages 0 to 3, according to a new report.

Tennessee working parents have $26,513 available, ahead of 51st ranked Georgia at $20,500, in the research done by Vanderbilt University’s Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center.

Each state was ranked on its level of services in 12 areas of state investment.


Tennessee is one of 11 states that has not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act but it has expanded coverage for lower income adults and did begin a Family Medical Leave Act program July 1.

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