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School-based Support Services

Office of School-based Support Services is responsible for implementing T.C.A. §§49-1-1101-1109, which mandates the Department of Education to inspect and approve all programs subject to the State Board's jurisdiction pursuant to T.C.A. §49-1-302(l).

All public and private school-administered infant/toddler, preschool, before and after school programs, as well as, approved Montessori programs, TEIS early intervention programs and school-based and community-based Lottery Education Afterschool Programs must be in compliance with School-administered Child Care Rules, Chapter 0520-12-01 (, adopted by the State Board of Education as defined in T.C.A. § 49-1-302(l) and certified by the Department of Education as verified by the Department's child care program evaluators.

Jan Bushing, Director

General Information

Schools offer a variety of programs serving children under kindergarten age. Infant/toddler care 6 wks - 4 yrs in child development labs in high schools; employee child care for children of teaching staff; early intervention programs birth to 3yrs ; pre-kindergarten programs, including the TN Voluntary Pre-K classes, non-public school child care as a part of their school's mission. The programs are monitored regularly for compliance with all applicable rules in Chapter 0520-12-01 and are encouraged to provide nurturing activities to promote healthy physical and mental development. In addition to compliance with Chapter 0520-12-01, the public school administered Pre-K programs (TN Voluntary Pre-K, Title I funded, and/or locally funded) must provide educational programs in compliance with Chapter 0520-01-03-.05(5) and correlated with the Tennessee Early Learning Development Standards.

For school-age children, the before and after school programs (also referred to as school-age care programs or extended school programs) must provide programs in compliance with Chapter 0520-12-01. School age care components should provide a blend of activities to promote experiential learning, development of social emotional skills, and physical activities. The point of afterschool programs is not to extend the typical classroom format, but to provide an opportunity for students to engage in unique activities which support and reinforce learning.

To contact your local evaluator, please check our Contact Information for your area.