Welcome to TACEE!
TACEE Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As a welcoming and caring organization that respects diversity, equity, and inclusion, TACEE has a duty and responsibility to work for a better, fairer and more just world for Tennessee’s children, their families, and the professionals who care for them. We will continue to take assertive action to identify, acknowledge, and break down oppressive racist systems that harm our members, the children and families in our care, and corrode our communities.
Therefore, we are resolved to explicitly and publicly affirm our identity as an anti-racist organization.
We are resolved that our anti-racism commitment be reflected through our policies, programs, and practices as we continue to learn about racism.
We resolve to recommit ourselves to develop and work to implement strategies that dismantle racism within all aspects of the early childhood education community.
We look forward to sharing our strategic plan for putting our anti-racist commitment into action.
We are ready for a "PLAY REVOLUTION"
I don’t have to tell you how important play is. As early educators, you know better than most how children thrive when allowed to play and direct their own learning. Guess what? The experts know it too. Pediatricians, child development experts, and education researchers agree that unstructured play helps to strengthen social development; language skills, and Executive Function skills, while stimulating brain development and critical thinking in young children. Despite the overwhelming amount of research and scientific evidence that supports the importance of play, early educators are often bombarded with messages about “school readiness”, “push down academics” and “teacher directed lessons”.
TACEE wants to change that. We invite you to join a PLAY REVOLUTION as we support developmentally appropriate practice for early care and education, offer professionals a place to connect, grow, and collaborate, and advocate for policies and practices that are good for children, families, and educators.
Let us know if we need to come to your community to offer training, support, and/or encouragement. TACEE wants to make a difference.
Respectfully, Cindy Ligon,
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"