The Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) is a statewide program that provides free training and academic tuition support to childcare providers and administrators. The program offers a free 30-hour Orientation with instruction in five areas: center-based child care, infant/toddler care, family child care, school-age child care, and administrator training.
The key to quality programs is the preparation of personnel with whom young children spend a significant portion of their time. Participation is free to anyone employed in a DHS or DOE licensed program. Certificates of Completion are awarded to those who complete the Orientation training.
After completion of the 30-hour Orientation participants may proceed by enrolling into Early Childhood College Courses. The first 4 college level courses are the path toward the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). These college courses transfer into the Associate of Applied Science Degree. For further information on the four classes for the CDA, please see the link to the Career Lattice. Each year financial assistance is dependant upon funds allocated by the State Grant.
After completing course requirements toward CDA or Associate Degree, funding may also be available for those seeking a higher degree in Early childhood Education.
This project is funded through a contract with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Tennessee State University, Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences.