Pre-K Bill Advocated by Greater Memphis Chamber Signed by Governor Haslam

Release date: 6/8/2016

Memphis, TN.—Governor Haslam signed a pre-k bill into law yesterday that was heavily advocated for by the Greater Memphis Chamber, the Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle and partners including PeopleFirst and Tennesseans for Quality Early Education. One of the moon missions of the Chairman’s Circle is to Ensure Quality Education for Children from birth to pre-K.

The bill improves upon the state’s volunteer pre-K program which seeks to provide higher quality pre-k education.  The bill updates and makes more rigorous the pre-K programs and directly addresses disconnects between pre-K classrooms and elementary schools to maximize student achievement gains.
“We are grateful to our state legislators, and particularly Rep. Mark White, who sponsored this important legislation that will strengthen our pre-K programs and enhance our workforce development efforts,” said Kelly Rayne, SVP of Community Development at the Greater Memphis Chamber. 

Photo from left to right: Representative Mark White (R-Memphis), Traci Bryant of Ross Early Learning Center, Tiffany Rhodes of Bordeaux Early Learning Center, Governor Bill Haslam, Lee Harrell of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Senator Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville)

For more than 175 years, the Greater Memphis Chamber has been the lead economic development organization for Memphis/Shelby County, and is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 2,200 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.