The McNabb Center’s Therapeutic Preschool programs in Knox and Hamilton counties are the only remaining programs of their kind in the state of Tennessee. Through Therapeutic Preschool, the Center provides 10 weeks of intensive group treatment to children ages 4-6 who have suffered abuse, neglect or other adverse childhood experiences. In 2017, the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation launched a campaign to endow the Knoxville Therapeutic Preschool program.
The Knox County campaign raised $1.5 million, and the Foundation has guaranteed the preschools efficient funds to operate for 20 years at a rate of $75,000 per year. In recent years, as the need continues to grow, the Therapeutic Preschool has begun serving children through both morning and afternoon classes. The Hamilton County campaign raised $600,000 to create and operate a Therapeutic Preschool program in that county.