About OECY

Our Mission


The Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth coordinates programs, advises policymakers, and promotes community understanding that all children deserve to be healthy, safe, and nurtured.

Our Vision


All children and youth have access to a coordinated, seamless network of both formal and informal resources in order to grow up, prosper and contribute toward a vibrant community life.

Our Values


  • Respect & Advocacy | We trust and empower children, youth, and families.
  • Forward Thinking | We are creative and forward thinking.
  • Efficient | We support effective practices guided by children, youth, and families.
  • Collaboration | We think by pooling our resources and working together, we can accomplish great things.
  • Diversity | We recognize and embrace diversity.
  • Perseverance | We don't give up.