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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, Debra Kallaher
Past PresidentCathy Waggoner
Vice PresidentAnthony Creasy
Vice President Elect, Taylor Thurnau
Secretary, Tracy Bryant
TreasurerLeah Mangrum
SECA Representative, Misha Davydov
Nominating Chair-East, Sabra Marshall
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

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