Several local groups are backing a proposal by President Obama that would fund early childhood education by increasing federal tobacco taxes.
Education, tobacco control and public health advocates released a report on Wednesday about how the program could impact Tennessee.
The president has proposed a 94-cent per pack tax increase on cigarettes in his 2014 budget.
Local leaders say the money generated from that federal tax would help kids in two ways.
"The first is through funding that will provide preschool and early education to a lot of children who otherwise would never had that opportunity," said Vickey Beard with the YMCA.
The group says a tobacco tax increase would also prevent kids from smoking.
According to the report, the initiative would provide 7800 more children from low and moderate-income families with access to preschool in the first year alone. It would also prevent more than 48,000 Tennessee kids from smoking