- The Center reports that 42% of children in the state are living in poor and low income families.
- As of 2006, 45% of children in the state were exposed to multiple risk factors - including single parent families, living in poverty, parents do not speak English well, have less than a high school education, and parents have no paid employment. One third of the children in this group were exposed to 3 or more of these risk factors.
How effective are public policies for children in Tennessee?
- The state health insurance program - CoverKids - covers infants up to 185% of the poverty line, and kids 1 to 5 up to 133% of poverty.
- Tennessee allows families earning up to 168% of poverty to request a child care subsidy.
- Tennessee is in the process of expanding access to public prekindergarten.