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The City of Chattanooga is taking the necessary precautions to minimize large group activities. It is with regret to have to do this when people are itching to get out and find some form of normalcy, but certain activities inherently involve group interaction, contact, and sharing of equipment/resources. At this time, playgrounds, basketball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, the skate park, and the hockey rink are necessary closures to minimize unnecessary contact and follow current best practices. At this time, due to the minimal contact and small group setting golf, tennis, hiking, and utilizing our great trail/riverwalk networks remain open. Additionally, National Parks have temporarily waived fees, but encourage continued monitoring, sanitation, and social distancing while visiting. For more information about what to do outdoors please visit Outdoor Chattanooga's website. We will be posting information regularly keeping people safe, happy, and informed.





What we do:

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The Department of Youth and Family Development's top priority is providing a better quality of life for the citizens of Chattanooga, through education, recreation, social services, and leadership. Chattanooga YFD offers a large variety of programs, activities, classes, and opportunities for youth, adults and seniors at numerous locations all across Chattanooga.  







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 Who we are:


The mission of the Department of Youth and Family Development is to provide educational, recreational, career development, leadership, and social service opportunities to create smarter students and stronger families.

This department is divided into 6 AREAS OF FOCUS

Education: education@chattanooga.gov (423-643-6886) -  Enhancing the minds of youth through exceptional programs that embrace literacy, early childhood development and cultural influence through staff and partners. Programs include: Lexia Literacy Programs, Head Start, ChildCare, Homework Help, The Arts, Technology Training and more. 

Office of Early Learning: OELinfo@chattanooga.gov (423-643-6096) - Dedicated to broadening and deepening early learning opportunities for Chattanooga families by increasing educational skills for babies/infants.

Leadership: leadership@chattanooga.gov (423-643-6085) - Creating tomorrow's leaders through character development, mentoring, core values, good decision making, developmental assets, and internship opportunities with continued community support. YFD is also proud to offer the Chattanooga Ambassadors Program (CAP), developing tomorrow's leaders.

Recreation: recreation@chattanooga.gov (423-643-6081)  - Providing diverse, recreation and leisure opportunities that build character development, through camps, tournaments, aquatics, fitness and wellness classes, Therapeutic Recreation and sports leagues for all ages and abilities in safe, well maintained environments. Recreation is proud to offer state of the art facilities including the Summit of Softball, Warner Park, Champions Club and Warner Park Pool and Spray Park. 

Office of Family Empowerment: ofeinfo@chattanooga.gov (423-643-6434) - Providing holistic support services and crisis assistance to low-to-moderate income and vulnerable residents of Chattanooga and Hamilton County through emergency assistance, case management, education, and partners. Programs include, the Family Empowerment Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP), Employment Program, Self-Sufficiency Program, Information and Referral Services, and minimal Emergency Assistance Programs.

Services, information, and facility locations can be found on the left side menu. 

Chattanooga's Department of Youth and Family is proud toprovide a diverse mix of programs and services provided through federal, state, and local funding sources.


YFD Board Meetings

The Chattanooga Department of Youth and Family Development Board (the “Board”) is created pursuant to Chattanooga City Code Section 2-643. The Board aims to improve the quality of living of economically disadvantaged citizens of Chattanooga and Hamilton County by providing temporary assistance, mobilizing community resources, encouraging self-help activities, and providing programs that will alleviate poverty conditions in the community. The Board is responsible for the oversight of all Chattanooga Department of Youth and Family Development human services programs including Head Start/Early Head Start grants and other community services grants obtained for the benefit of the citizens of the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County.

Regular meetings of the Board are held once every month and such meetings are open to the public pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 8-44-101 et seq. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Board meetings are currently being held electronically via Zoom as authorized by Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order No. 65. The dates, times, and Zoom links for the upcoming Board meetings can be found below as well as links to recordings of past Board meetings.

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Previous Meetings:

Date: Feb. 18th, 2021

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Date: Jan. 28th, 2021

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Date: Dec. 17th, 2020 

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Date: Nov 19, 2020 11:47 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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leadership@chattanooga.gov (423-643-6085)

501 W. 12th St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402 (map)

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Eric McKenzie
Executive Assistant
Email: eamckenzie@chattanooga.gov
(423) 643-6402
(423) 643-6437 (fax)


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501 W. 12th St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402 (map)

Lurone "Coach" Jennings


Eric McKenzie
Executive Assistant
Email: emckenzie@chattanooga.gov
(423) 643-6402
(423) 643-6437 (fax)


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