In coordination with Mayor Megan Barry and Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph, the NPEF is supporting a number of efforts aimed at bringing greater focus, bolder thinking and a collective approach to tackling Nashville’s early literacy rates.

The Nashville Literacy Collaborative – led by the NPEF and the Nashville Public Library – is sharpening the community’s focus on the issue and charting a course that can bring about accelerated progress. A 22-person working group was announced in February and in October findings and recommendations were released in the Blueprint for Early Childhood success.

Learn more about the Blueprint here!

NLC Members

Angie Adams, PENCIL Foundation
Elyse Adler, Nashville Public Library
Harry Allen, Studio Bank and former Chamber Education Report Card Co-Chairman
Shawn Bakker, Nashville Public Library Foundation
Dr. Adriana Bialostozky, Local pediatrician with Vanderbilt Hospital
Carolyn Cobbs, Cumberland Elementary School
Dr. Monique Felder, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Rae Finnie, Granberry Elementary School
Marc Hill, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Tari Hughes, Center for Nonprofit Management

Shannon Hunt, Nashville Public Education Foundation
Melissa Jaggers, Alignment Nashville
Erica Mitchell, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
Laura Moore, Mayor Barry’s Office
Kent Oliver, Nashville Public Library
Tara Scarlett, Scarlett Family Foundation
Renata Soto, Conexión Américas
Melissa Spradlin, Book ‘Em Nashville
Denine Torr, Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Whitney Weeks, Whitney Works Consulting