The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) recognizes the importance of the early childhood years. We are committed to promoting high quality, early childhood environments that are safe, healthy, and educationally rich.  As part of this commitment, we want to share some updates from the child care services division in central office.
Jude White

Welcome Jude White, New Tennessee Department of Human Services Assistant Commissioner of Child Care & Community Services

I am excited to join the TDHS team as the new Assistant Commissioner for Child Care and Community Services.  In this role, I will oversee Child Care Services (including licensing, assessment, and certificate), Adult Protective Services, and the Community Services Block Grant.

Prior to joining DHS, I worked as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet for about 6 years.  This role allowed me to work with DHS and partner agencies such as TECTA, the Family Child Care Alliance, Child Care Resource and Referral, the TN Head Start Association and many others.  Through these collaborations, we worked to raise awareness about the importance of quality care and educational experiences for children ages birth-five.   We created the Tennessee School Readiness Model and developed the website, kidcentraltn.com, to empower parents with information about children’s health, education, development, and support and to provide them with a directory of state services for children and families.  Check out this video about how Loving Words Boost Brain Development.

I am particularly delighted to step into this role at TDHS because it allows me to carry forward so many of those relationships and to continue the focus on strengthening families and supporting children across Tennessee.  Each person reading this note has a powerful opportunity and responsibility to educate and care for our youngest citizens and to partner with their families to promote their future success.  I look forward to getting to know you all better and to working with you on this vital mission to guide the future health and prosperity of our state.  Thank you for all you do for the children and families in your community. 

2017-2018 Market Rate Survey Available

The 2017-2018 Market Rate Survey is now available on the TDHS website at  https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/for-families/child-care-services/child-care-certificate-program.html. 

The Tennessee Department of Human Services partners with The University of Tennessee-Knoxville Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research to conduct the survey on child care rates, including subsidy rates. The Market Rate Survey is compiled using rate data collected from all licensed child care agencies. The survey results include information on statewide rates for child care centers and homes by age group.  In addition, this year’s report also includes county-level data on median fees by age group and facility type.  This data gives all of us deeper insight into this aspect of the child care services system.
Access the 2018 Market Rate Survey Here

Farewell to Tasha Owens-Green

Tasha Owens-Green has transitioned out of her role as the TDHS Child Care Services Program Director.  We wish Tasha all the best in her next professional role.  Tasha-Thanks for all you have done to strengthen the early childhood education community in Tennessee.  Through the commitment of providers, partners, community agencies, and TDHS staff, the progress will continue.

New Child Care Rules In Effect

New child care rules went into effect on July 30, 2018 and can be viewed on the Secretary of State's website. TDHS staff will host training sessions across the state to help child care providers become familiar with the requirements of these new rules.  To see the schedule of training sessions and to register visit: https://www.tn.gov/humanservices/for-families/child-care-services/child-care-rules-and-regulations.html 

What you can expect to gain from Child Care Rules Training:
  • Understanding changes to the new Child Care rules
  • Rationale and interpretation for new Child Care rules
  • Methods of communicating questions related to Child Care rules
  • Three (3) training hours with a certificate
If you have questions about the new rules, you can contact your licensing Program Evaluator or email our new rules mailbox at ChildCareRules.DHS@tn.gov

Before You Go:

Smart Steps Child Care Assistance
Parents Share the Positive Impact Smart Steps Child Care Assistance Has Had on Their Lives
TDHS Child Care Licensing Supervisor Chris Mang Talks About the Importance of the Child's Voice
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