Tennessee Safe Baby Courts

‘We’re not alone’ – ‘Sesame Street’ tackles addiction crisis

Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo’s whose mother is battling addiction. The initiative is part of the Sesame Street in Communities resources available online. The WSMV News article can be accessed here.

Middle Schoolers Host Toy Drive for Coffee County Safe Baby Court

A group of Coffee County Middle School students took time this holiday season to collect toys for area’s specialty courts, including the Safe Baby Court. The students were featured in an article in the Manchester Times, available here. 

Coffee County Safe Baby Court Coordinator Starts Food Pantry

Coffee County Safe Baby Court Coordinator Sheila Barrera and her counterpart in the area’s Veterans Court, Staria Davidson, were recently featured in a Tullahoma News article on their creation of The Store House, an initiative that provides free groceries to anyone in need. The duo started the venture in August 2018 and is now serving over 50 families a week, thanks in part to the relationships it has built with local retailers and other entities. Read the full story here.

State of Babies Yearbook 2020 Released

The State of Babies Yearbook: 2020 compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers in the domains infants and toddlers need to thrive: Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences. Produced by Zero to Three, the report compiles nearly 60 indicators specifically for children ages 0 to 3 to measure progress across the three policy areas. This information can help states identify policy gaps and priorities. This year’s report found that nationally, 16% of infants and toddlers live in crowded housing, which is known to jeopardize development. States ranged from a low of 6% of babies living in crowded housing, to a high of 28%. Babies of color are two to three times more likely to experience crowded housing than their White peers; babies in low-income families are three times more than their higher income peers to live in crowded housing.

Access State of Babies Yearbook 2020 here.

TN DCS Family Resource Guide

The Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Nichols has made a Family Resource guide available to the citizens of Tennessee. Please see below for this excellent resource.

TN DCS Family Resource Guide

Safe Baby Court Takes Unique Route to Aid Children and Parents

The article covering Safe Baby Court in Knox County can be found here.

Zero to Three’s Parenting Resources

Please click here to access Zero to Three’s Parenting Resources.

Coparenting: Are You on the Same Page?

Using Stories to Nurture Identity

Daddy Matters



Zero to Three’s Grandparent Resources

Zero to Three has created a wealth of resources to support grandparents. The Grand Connector: Grandparent Resources can be accessed here.


Webinar: Grandparents as Child Care Providers

If Only You Knew: A Tool for Grandparent Caregivers

Planning Tips for Sharing the Care

Tennessee Advances Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment

This article summarizes key themes from Tennessee’s role in a convening of states and jurisdictions centered around improving state policies supporting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Click here to access article.

State of Babies Yearbook

Zero-to-Three has posted the State of Babies Yearbook for 2019. Measures include good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences. See how Tennessee babies measure up to the national average here.

Zero-to-Three’s Policy Agenda for the 116th Congress and Administration

You can acces the full document here.

Coffee County Safe Baby Court host first graduation

Coffee County had the privilege of celebrating the permanency of three Safe Baby Court cases at it’s first graduation ceremony. The participants worked really hard at turning their lives around and Coffee County Juvenile Court, family members, and various agencies involved with Tennessee Safe Babies Court gathered for the celebratory occasion. See the news article here.