Our History

The Beginning of the Network

The Tennessee Child Care Resource & Referral Network began as the dream of educator Marguerite Hullander.  Hullander, a well-known and much-loved teacher in Hamilton County, realized that fellow educators taking care of young children needed resources and training to provide the best possible care for children. So, she loaded her car with books, toys, and other resources and began providing the much-needed support to child care homes and centers in the Greater Chattanooga area.

Eventually, the Tennessee Department of Human Services would decide to take Ms. Marguerite’s dream statewide.  By 2000, DHS funded 11 Child Care Resource Centers located across Tennessee.