This section refers to resource and services to support the student’s new role as a parent and to maximize the healthy development of the infant.  The organizations and programs in this section provide support – education, health services, social services resources, etc. – through the infant’s first year of life and beyond.


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The Academies at Old Cockrill, Opry Mills and Hickory HollowFetal Infant Mortality Review - MPHD ♦ Healthy Beginnings ♦ HUGS ♦ Metro Public Health Department's Tobacco Prevention Program ♦ Mid Cumberland Child Care Resource and Referral ♦ Monroe Carell Jr. Hospital at Vanderbilt Neighborhood Health Integrated Health Services ♦ Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee ♦ Tennessee Voices for Children ♦ Welcome Baby ♦



HUGS Program (Metro Public Health Department)

Contact:               Jennifer Weatherly

                                (615) 862-7942

Description:       HUGS (Help Us Grow Successfully) is a home visiting case management program for pregnant teens, women, infants and children up through age 5 years. Services are offered by registered nurses and program specialists. Services include on-going education concerning pregnancy, postpartum care, family planning, newborn care, breastfeeding, safety issues, and family wellness. Case managers also educate and assist clients with obtaining available resources and make appropriate referrals to help the client build self-reliance skills.

Cost:                      HUGS is a free service to the client.


The Academies at Old Cockrill, Opry Mills & Hickory Hollow

Contact:               (615) 259-INFO

Description:          These schools are for students ages 17-21, and they offer a high school diploma and flexible hours to accommodate student schedules. Students can attend classes in the morning, afternoon or evening.

Location:                The Academy at Old Cockrill

                                610 49th Avenue North

                                Nashville, TN 37209

                                (615) 298-2294


                                The Academy at Opry Mills

                                433 Opry Mills Drive

                                Nashville, TN 37214

                                (615) 810-8306


                                The Academy at Hickory Hollow

                                5248 Hickory Hollow Parkway

                                Nashville, TN 37013

                                (615) 687-4028

Eligibility:               Students who are between the ages of 17 and 21;

                                Students with at least 14 ½ credits;

                                Students who dropped out their senior year;

                                Students who are not slated to graduate on time in the school year; and

                                Students who dropped out the second semester of their junior year.


Healthy Beginnings

Contact:               Annette Nabaa, Program Director

                                (615) 880-2159

                                1015 E Trinity Lane

                                Nashville, TN 37216

Description:       The Healthy Start Program conducts home visitation services for first-time mothers of any age (prenatal or postpartum) and their babies to provide supportive services to new moms which includes: Education on parenting skills, baby's growth & development, child safety, promotion of regular medical care, and disease prevention. Also, resources, referrals, and other information and assistance is provided as needed to help lessen the burden of new parenthood.

Hours:                  Monday-Friday from 8 to 4:30p.m.

Cost:                      Services are provided free to the clients.

Eligibility:           Residency in Davidson County


Monroe Carell Jr Hospital at Vanderbilt – Primary Care Clinic

Contact:               Dr. Barron Patterson

                             (615) 936-2555

Description:       We are a fully staffed, full-time pediatric clinic located at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. We are staffed by ~60 resident pediatricians. We offer full pediatric care for newborns through 18 years. We do routine checkups and immunizations and se children for sick visits as well. Our clinic has a full-time social worker who can help new moms get connected with many local resources, WIC program for nutrition help, and TennCare or other insurance plans. We have a social worker in our clinic, and we have a full-time Spanish interpreter. We have access to interpreters in many other languages as well.

Location:             2200 Children's Way

                             8th Floor

                             Doctors' Office Tower


Hours:                  Monday to Friday- 8:00a.m. to 5:30p.m.

                             Saturday- 9:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.



Tennessee Voices for Children

Contact:               Mamie McKenzie

                              (615) 269-7751 ext. 128

Description:       We provide information and training to parents and child care provider on the following topics: Promoting Positive Change, Social-Emotional Teaching Strategies, Young Children with Challenging Behavior, Early Screening Project, and Positive Parenting. Our program addresses needs associated with serious behavioral, developmental, and environmental barriers to effective learning. Special emphasis is placed on those children at imminent risk of being dismissed from their child care setting. Other TVC programs offer training to parents on the various child serving systems in Tennessee, Being an Effective Advocate for Your Child, and Working with Schools during Key Academic Transitions.

Location:             Training is provided at various locations and times that are convenient for parents. – A One-Stop Shop for Parenting Information and a Directory of State Services for Children and Families


Description: is a one-stop shop for information about children's health, education, development, and support.  The website pulls content from across state departments, making it easier for families to find what they need.  The website includes early childhood articles about Car Seat Requirements, Safe Sleep, and the Importance of Reading.  The website includes a services directory with programs like WIC, TennCare, CoverKids, Childcare Certificates, Parenting Classes, Home Visiting, Imagination Library, Early Childhood Intervention Services, Student Assistance, and Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs.  In the My Profile section, families can create their own online resource book and see unique developmental milestones based on their child's age. also has Facebook and Twitter accounts to engage users through social media channels.

Hours:                  N/A

Cost:                      Services are provided free to the clients.

Eligibility:           For families and professionals who work with families.  The website is available to anyone.


Mid Cumberland Child Care Resource and Referral

Contact:                 Ellen McCollum


                                128 North Second Street

                                Clarksville, TN 37040


Description:        The CCR&R matches parents seeking child care with child care providers. Whether you are a parent seeking child care resources, a child care provider seeking help with your program, an employer trying to assist parents in your organization, or a community organization involved with children, we look forward to helping you obtain the information you need.


We also administer the ACCYN grant that assists military families in locating child care as well as applying for the subsidy program.


Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee

Contact:              Katherine Snyder, Associate Director


Description:        Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee (PCAT) offers resources, training, parent coaching, empowerment, and home visitation programs to help parents and caregivers build healthy, nurturing parenting skills and to give them the essential tools necessary to advocate for their children. PCAT’s Parent Helpline is a 24/7, toll-free number for supportive listening, information, and referrals.

Location:             4721 Trousdale Lane

                Suite 121

                Nashville, TN 37220

Eligibility:            Eligibility varies depending on program. PCAT's Healthy Families Tennessee program is specifically designed for first-time parents and for parents 21 years of age and younger.


Metro Public Health Department Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program

Contact:                 D'Yuanna Allen-Robb, MPH, Director


Location:               2500 Charlotte Avenue

                               Nashville, TN 37209

Description:        The Metro Public Health Department Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program (FIMR) serves to ensure all babies are born healthy and reach their full potential. The FIMR Program provides Safe Sleep education to parents and caregivers to ensure babies have safe sleep environments and parents and caregivers reduce the risks of sleep-related infant deaths in Davidson County.

Eligibility:             Must be residents of Davidson County.


Metro Public Health Department

Contact:              Demetria Kimbro, Program Specialist III, Welcome Baby Supervisor



Description:         The purpose of Welcome Baby is to screen for child risks for infant mortality at the time of the child's birth, provide timely referrals to address their needs, connect children and families with appropriate services in the community and to provide utilization of community resources.

Location:              2500 Charlotte Avenue

                              Nashville, Tennessee 37209

Eligibility:              Selected by the Tennessee Department of Health.


Metro Public Health Department's Tobacco Prevention Program

Contact:         Lillian Maddox-Whitehead


Description: The Tobacco Prevention Program offers resources to residents of Davidson County, Nashville around reducing the exposure of second and third hand smoke, reducing the initiation of tobacco use and referrals to the Quitline for cessation. The program will offer the Baby and Me Tobacco Free program to encourage pregnant women to quit smoking. The program is offers counseling sessions on how to quit smoking during pregnancy. If the mother remains smoke free, she will receive an incentive for the first 12 months of the child's life.

Location:       2500 Charlotte Avenue

           Nashville, TN 37209

Eligibility:       Residents of Davidson County.

Neighborhood Health Integrated Health Services

Contact:               Grant Guiley, Director of Integrated Health


Description          Neighborhood Health’s behavioral health providers address health concerns related to social, mental and emotional health and behaviors connected to these concerns.  Providers are skilled at addressing anything from difficulty changing life behaviors to remain physically health to diagnosable mental illness and substance misuse issues. 

Cost:                     Covered by most insurances including TN Care and sliding scale and payment arrangements can be made for those without insurance.


Neighborhood Health at Cayce Place

617 South 8th Street, Nashville, TN 37206


Neighborhood Health at East Side

905 Main Street, Nashville, TN 37207


Neighborhood Health at Madison

601 W. Due West Avenue, Madison, TN 37115


Neighborhood Health at Downtown

526 8th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37203


Neighborhood Health at Hartsville

100 Damascus Street, Hartsville, TN 37074


Neighborhood Health at Lebanon

410 Hartsville Pike, Lebanon, TN 37087


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