Working together to make Chattanooga-Hamilton County the best place in the nation for a child to be born and raised.

About Us

Early Matters Chattanooga is a coalition made up of over 20 diverse organizations invested in early childhood, positively impacting the systems that ensure happy and healthy childhoods in Chattanooga-Hamilton County, TN.

OUR MISSION: Working together to promote equitable access to early childhood programs and services through systems building and advocacy efforts.

THE IMPACT: Equitable access to early childhood programs and services is a key factor that leads to thriving families, thriving programs and a thriving community — making Chattanooga-Hamilton County the best place in the nation for a child to be born and raised. Advancing equity in early learning means undoing the conditions that have historically prevented many children from reaching their full potential based on race, income, and other social factors.

Our Work:

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)– Our workgroup has supported and trained a cross-sector of community stakeholders on the impact toxic stress has on children through adulthood, trauma-informed care, and methods for strengthening families. To request an ACEs presentation for your group or organization, please email earlymatterschatt@gmail.com

The Quality Matters Fund (QMF) was developed on January 21, 2020
to provide capital support for early learning programs to expand
their capacity or increase quality to serve vulnerable families. This grant was a public-private partnership funded by the city of Chattanooga and the Smart City Venture Fund, with United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s fiscal management and the oversight of Early Matters Chattanooga. As a result of COVID-19, in early April 2020 QMF was repurposed as the Emergency Child Care Provider Bridge Fund in order to offer support to child care providers as they sought state and federal relief in response to the pandemic.


About Us

Early Matters meets the second Thursday of every month at 1:30PM.


To contact our coalition or inquire about joining, please email.



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