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Resources in Our Community & Beyond

From information about school readiness and child development to resources for food and shelter, we can all benefit from knowing what’s available in our community. Click on the links below for more information. We’ll be adding resources regularly, so check back often.

Community Resources

kidcentralTN is a one-stop shop for Tennessee families to connect with important information and resources provided by state departments.  This new website organizes content from across departments, making it easier for families to find what they need.   In addition to articles about valuable topics relating to health, education, development, and support, features a comprehensive directory of state-operated and state-funded services for children and families.
Parents Know, Kids Grow
This site aims to serve parents, grandparents, and others concerned about raising children by providing resources and information about children’s safety, well-being, and learning.
Tennessee 2-1-1
Tennessee 2-1-1 is a resource directory of Tennessee’s community services.  You can also dial 2-1-1 to talk to a real person who is trained to help callers sort out needs and connect them with resources that can help.

Projects For Kids and Parents

Calm Down Bottles
A DIY calm down sensory bottle is most often used to help calm a child when their emotions become overwhelming. A fun project for children ages 4 and up (including adults)!

Serve and Return
According to the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child, every time your baby “serves” a cue and you “return” it with an engaging response, new neural connections form. These neural connections build their “brain architecture” and are the foundation for all future development.