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Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA)
Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA)
Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA)


  • A new orientation schedule has been posted. You will noticed a significant decrease in orientations offered. This is due to another budget cut in funding. If you would be willing to show your support for TECTA and the valuable training that it's given to you or your staff please contact for further information. We would love to hear 'success stories' or stories on how TECTA has change the way you work or helped your child care facility become the best that they can be! We need those who make the decisions in funding to hear those success stories as well!! Thank you for your support!
  • Registration for the first Center Based Orientation will begin on July 7th.
  • We will be accepting appointments for Fall 2014 tuition support paperwork beginning July 7th.  Scholarships are only given to eligible TECTA students and are on a first-come-first-serve basis only. These dates are for Pellissippi State students and for Roane State students and will be announced as soon as we get clarification from our funders. Please contact 865-481-2034 or email to set up your appointment. Please note that our offices will have moved by this date and you will need to find out the new room number in the Goff Building before you come. You must bring your schedule of classes registered for in the fall and a recent paystub from your employer.
  • For more information on the CDA process, please attend one of our next  CDA Workgroups. Please email or call 865-481-2034 for the exact room number location and dates.

What is TECTA?


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.

Who is eligible?

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.)

Tennessee State University Center of Excellence for Learning Services

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

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