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A Bit About Us

Our Mission
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.

Our Vision
Reaching potential together.

Our Values

  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-electAlyssa Dituro
  Vice President Anthony Creasy
  TreasurerLeah Mangrum
​  Secretary, Tracy Bryant
  SECA Representative, Misha Davydov
  Nominating Chair-East, Jan King
 Nominating Chair-Middle, Precious Newbell
Nominating Chair-West, Keosha Perry



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News & Views

Latest Stories

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

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.

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