STARS is the leader in school-based student assistance program services in middle Tennessee.

STARS helps schools tackle tough issues that threaten the emotional, psychological and academic well-being of students – issues such as substance abuse, violence, bullying, harassment, family conflicts and divorce, loss, grief, and other concerns. Through assemblies, classroom presentations, and group or individual counseling sessions, STARS Nashville assists schools in preventing and confronting these difficult challenges.

STARS serves more than 50 schools and community sites in 9 Middle Tennessee counties.

This ensures that students and teachers can access services when they need them and facilitates communication. It also means that each STARS specialist is an integral part of his or her school culture. In addition to school-based programs and services in Middle Tennessee, STARS  is an important national resource for training and professional consults.

Our KIDS ON THE BLOCK program reached over 34,000 young children in 2010-2011 by making over 450 puppet presentations in Middle Tennessee.

All of the programs and services STARS provides have been substantiated by the latest evidence-based research.

This research proves that social and emotional learning programs have far-reaching effects on students’ academic performance – from better attendance records to more constructive classroom behaviors, to higher grade point avergages.

This is why our dedicated staff at STARS constantly sound the following rallying cry to advocates of high stakes testing: “No Emotion Left Behind.”

Funding for STARS programs are provided in part by


Want to work with STARS and impact young people throughout Middle Tennessee?

View our open job opportunities.

*STARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

STARS welcomes and will serve individuals with both mental health and substance use disorders. We believe that every door is the right door to gain access to appropriate services in the integrated system of care.

STARS does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, creed, color, sex or national origin. No one shall be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any of STARS programs or activities. STARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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