The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, co-chaired by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam, has awarded 137 children’s computers to public libraries and family childcare programs across Tennessee.
In Claiborne County, two were awarded. The Barbara Reynolds Carr Memorial Library (Claiborne County Public Library) in Tazewell and Kiddieland Family Day Care in Tazewell, owned and operated by Rose Ann Clark, were recipients.
The AWE Early Literacy Stations feature more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas all focused on supporting early learning in children. These educational programs use engaging graphics to draw young children to learning.
“Giving a child the necessary building blocks to learn to read is critical to a child’s education and future success, and it is exciting that so many communities across Tennessee took advantage of this opportunity,” said Gov. Haslam.
Computer station recipients were chosen through a competitive process run jointly by the Children’s Cabinet, the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the state Department of Human Services. Computer award recipients demonstrated a commitment to promoting early literacy and engagement of families.
“Children who have not developed some basic literary skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out in later years,” said Crissy Haslam. “We are excited to provide these valuable tools to boost early literacy in communities across Tennessee.”
Sixty-one family childcare programs located in East, Middle and West Tennessee are also among computer station award winners. The stations were purchased with $381,000 of a $2.4 million federal grant.
The mission of the Children’s Cabinet is to coordinate, streamline and enhance the state’s efforts to provide needed resources and services to Tennessee’s children. The computer station awards are a specific example of investing resources in Tennessee families and communities.