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Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance

Center of Excellence for Early Childhood Learning & Development

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"Since I started becoming more involved in my part time classroom assistant role, I was caught “being supportive” by my supervisor and she subsequently talked to my transportation manager about me. She went out of her way to compliment my work to him. He in return told me about it and I was asked to be a part of a self assessment team. I owe this to what I have learned here. Bettering myself is giving me more options and the chance to help others." - Reflection from a Center-Based Orientation student. 


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Mission Statement

To expand opportunities for early childhood professionals through career development and higher education support.

TECTA's Vision

To provide professional development that nurtures the growth of individuals in a community of learners through an articulated statewide higher education system, resulting in the highest quality early childhood experiences for all of Tennessee's children.



TECTA is a statewide system established to provide affordable professional development with academic degree credit possibilities for Tennessee's early childhood education personnel. This project is funded by the Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences at Tennessee State University through a contract with the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

TECTA provides:

  • Free 30-hour Orientations which meet annual DHS training requirements in 5 specialized areas: Administrator, Center-Based (preschool), Infant/Toddler, Family Childcare, School-Age
  • Tuition Assistance to pursue early childhood degrees at select two and four year
  • Support for the CDA Credential including financial support and mentoring
  • Services and instruction to obtain the Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential (TECPAC)
  • Technical support for accreditation

To learn more about TECTA, please visit the state website at:

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