Tennessee CCR&R – History
The Tennessee Child Care Resource and Referral Network began as the dream of educator Marguerite Hullander. Hullander, a well-known and much loved teacher in Hamilton County, realized that fellow educators taking care of young children needed resources and training to provide the best possible care for children. So, she loaded her car with books, toys and other resources and began providing the much needed support to childcare homes and centers in Chattanooga.
Eventually, the Tennessee Department of Human Services would decide to take Ms. Marguerite’s dream statewide. By 2000, DHS funded 11 Child Care Resource Centers located across Tennessee.
In 2003, Signal Centers Inc., located in Chattanooga, TN, received grant funding to operate as the managing hub for the TN CCR&R. Signal Centers was to provide the administration and management for what would become the TN Child Care Resource and Referral Network.
Along with continuing to provide training and resources to child care providers, the Child Care Resource and Referral Network also began providing referral services to parents looking for child care.
Currently there are 8 Child Care Resource and Referral sites serving all 95 counties. All Tennessee Child Care Resource and Referral staff are highly trained and educated to provide Tennessee Department of Human Services licensed child care providers with the training and technical assistance they need to provide the best care possible for Tennessee’s children.