The primary goal of TECTA is to improve access for Tennessee child care providers to quality early childhood education by providing articulated certificate and degree preparation programs.
Quality early childhood education plays an important role in preparing children to enter school ready to learn. The key to quality programs is the preparation of personnel with whom young children spend a significant portion of their time. The Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) represents the first statewide early childhood traning and professional recognition system in the nation administered by higher education to include orientation training through advanced degree programs.
The TECTA training is based upon the belief that early childhood education personnel need professional knowledge and skills to provide appropriate care for young children. The primary goal is improving the quality of early childhood education by providing articulated preparation programs.
TECTA classes involve childcare providers, higher education, professional associations, state agencies, the business community and parents.
Course work is based upon national standards for preparation of professional early childhood personnel. The program provides articulation between post-secondary certificate and degree programs when students meet higher education admission requirements.
All Tennessee residents who are employed in a registered family or group home, or licensed childcare facility that is regulated by DHS in Tennessee are eligible to participate. (Students must live and work in the State of Tennessee to be eligible.)
This project is funded through a contract with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Tennessee State University Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences.
For more information on additional TECTA sites and resources, please visit our state website at www.tecta.info.