Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam presented Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee (PCAT), a statewide non-profit serving families and children, with the Governor’s Award of Excellence in Early Foundations at the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth’s Child Advocacy Days on March 14, 2018. PCAT was honored for their commitment to ensuring that all children in Tennessee have a strong start to education.
The award honors local organizations that create “Ready Families” and “Ready Children” based on the Tennessee School Readiness model developed by the Tennessee Children’s Cabinet and Early Childhood Advisory Council. PCAT demonstrated their commitment to building strong families across the state through their work to help parents build relationships with their children, guiding parents to be advocates for their children and ensuring children are healthy. They also help parents monitor the social, emotional and physical development of children and help them prepare their children for success in school as they enter kindergarten.