Tennessee Association for
Children's Early Education
Reaching Potential Together
A Bit About Us
TACEE exists to provide members with professional development opportunities and to advocate for best practice in the care, development, and education of all Tennessee’s young children.
Reaching potential together.
Collaboration with all members of the community
High performing organizational strategies
Inclusive environments for all children and adults
Leadership in child advocacy and public policy
Diversity in the early childhood community
Relationships with children and their families
Early care and education professionals who use best practices
National, regional and local alliances
Our Executive Board
President, Cathy Waggoner
President-elect, Alyssa Dituro
Vice President, Anthony Creasy
Treasurer, Leah Mangrum
Secretary, Tracy Bryant
SECA Representative, Misha Davydov
Nominating Chair-East, Jan King
Nominating Chair-Middle, Precious Newbell
Nominating Chair-West, Keosha Perry
News & Views
We work hard to get our efforts noticed by the media and are so proud when this goal comes to fruition. A well informed community is an empowered one as well, so take a look at some of the latest coverage we’ve received below and help spread the word about all the amazing developments at Tennessee Association for Children's Early Education.
Tennessee: A CSEFEL State
Tennessee is proud to be a CSEFEL partner state. Learn more about the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel
SECA announces The Phil Acord Award
This award was created in 2016 by the SECA Board of Directors in partnership with Kaplan Early Learning Company and recognizes a male in the field of early childhood education known for his exemplary work in supporting and/or improving the quality of experiences provided to young children (birth through grade three) within the state. The award will be focused on recognizing a male in the field of early childhood education who has demonstrated commitment to the field and has advocated on behalf of children and families in the region.