Children's welfare report examines state spending

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Children's advocates say a new report on the welfare of children in Tennessee supports their belief that more preventive care programs will benefit youth long term, as well as save the state money.

The Kids Count report released Monday focused on children's well-being, but also examined how the state spends funds to improve the lives of children.

Linda O'Neal is executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, which compiled the report partially funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

O'Neal said universal prevention services have the lowest per child cost and the greatest cost-benefit potential because of their ability to prevent downstream costs.

However, according to the report, they received the least funding.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 157496165 - local8now.com/a?a=157496165