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TCCY Children's Advocacy Days 2021

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Children’s Advocacy Days will be hosted on a virtual platform over four days, March 9th-12th from 9:00am-12:00pm(CST)/10:00am-1:00pm(EST).

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The past year brought unique and unprecedented challenges for us all. And, yet, as we have seen in other times of adversity, we witnessed the commitment and determination of so many Tennesseans. Both the public and private sectors found creative ways to work together and continue to provide critical services and supports to the many children, youth and families in our state. So, as we look to the past for lessons learned, we also look to the future for new opportunities. Let’s renew our efforts, refresh our minds and refocus our energy. Please join us for Children’s Advocacy Days 2021!

Please note: This year’s Children’s Advocacy Days will be hosted on a virtual platform over four days, March 9th-12th from 9:00am-12:00pm(CST)/10:00am-1:00pm(EST). By registering for March 9th, you will automatically be registered for ALL four days. Please be sure to manually add March 10th-12th to your calendars, since only March 9th will be auto-populated. Please triple check your email address to help ensure you will receive the links for the programming via email as we get closer to the dates. Thank you and we look forward to “seeing” you at Children’s Advocacy Days 2021!

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS (still in development)

TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2021, 9am-12pm CST/10am-1pm EST

*Welcome and Opening Remarks – Brenda Davis, Chair, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

*Message from Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee

*State of the Child in Tennessee– Richard Kennedy, Executive Director, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

*Florencia Gutierrez, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation

*Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey, Tennessee Department of Health

*Laura Berlind, Executive Director, The Sycamore Institute

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2021, 9am-12pm CST/10am-1pm EST

*Commissioner Marie Williams, Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

*Spotlight of Programs Across Tennessee

*Commissioner Clarence Carter, Tennessee Department of Human Services

*The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind -Dr. Dan Siegel, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine

*Closing – Monty Burks, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2021, 9am-12pm CST/10am-1pm EST

*Commissioner Jennifer Nichols, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

*Youth Justice Panel:

Stacy Miller, Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney, Nashville, TN

Judge Dwight Stokes, Sevier County, Tennessee

Dr. Bernard Williams, Chief Probation Officer, Shelby County Juvenile Court, Tennessee

Moderated by Craig Hargrow, Deputy Executive Director, TCCY

*National Speaker Youth Justice – Judge Steven Teske, Chief Judge of the Juvenile Court of Clayton County, Georgia (past president of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges)

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2021, 9am-12pm CST/10am-1pm EST

*Commissioner Penny Schwinn, Tennessee Department of Education

*Trauma Informed Schools – Dr. Danielle LeSure, Assistant Commissioner of Whole Child Supports, Tennessee Department of Education

*Commissioner Brad Turner, Tennessee Department of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

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