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Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance

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


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



The TECTA statewide office is located in Suite 1B of the Research and Sponsored Programs Building on the main campus of Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance ( TECTA) represents the first statewide early childhood training and professional recognition system in the nation administered by higher education to include orientation training through advanced degree programs. The TECTA statewide training system 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 involves child care 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.

THERE ARE CONSORTIA OF HIGHER EDUCATION institutions that serve child care providers in all ninety-five Tennessee counties. TECTA STATEWIDE MAP

TECTA is supported by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and the Tennessee Board of Regents. Management, training and technical assistance are provided by Tennessee State University.


  • is a grant held within the School of Human Ecology;
  • is funded by the Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences at Tennessee State University through a contract with the Department of Human Services;
  • serves the following counties: Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, and White.

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.TN Department of Human Services