Climbing the Mountains: The Journey to Quality Prekindergarten in Tennessee

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The state of Tennessee was the ideal place to implement Pre-K programs because of the number of children living in poverty, health-care issues, and student’s poor performances on academic measures. This chapter will explore the development of Pre-K, the use of pilot programs, the major expansions, and the period of sustainment. The fi nal section will identify lessons learned and recommendations for expansion of quality Pre-K programs for all young children.