The Governor's Children's Cabinet of Tennessee awarded 137 children's computers to libraries and family childcare programs across Tennessee.

Centers in Bradley County, Grundy County, Hamilton County, Marion County, McMinn County, and Meigs County all received computers,

The centers received  the AWE Early Literacy Stations which feature more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas all focused on supporting early learning in children. 

"Giving a child the necessary building blocks to learn to read is critical to a child's education and future success, and it is exciting that so many communities across Tennessee took advantage of this opportunity," Gov. Haslam said

Computer station recipients were chosen through a competitive process run jointly by the Children's Cabinet, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and the state Department of Human Services. Computer award recipients demonstrated a commitment to promoting early literacy and engagement of families. 

"Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3-4 times more likely to drop out in later years." First Lady Crissy Haslam said. "We are excited to provide these valuable tools to boost early literacy in communities across Tennessee."

The centers that received computers were Cleveland Public Library in Bradley, Beersheba Springs Public Library in Grundy, Collegedale Public Library in Hamilton, May Justus Memorial Library in Marion, Etowah Carnegie Library in McMinn, and Decatur Public Library in Meigs.

Seventy-six libraries received computers. Sixty-one family childcare programs located in East, Middle, and West Tennessee were also among computer station award winners.