Service Programs and Community Partnerships

Supporting children and families through comprehensive training and care

dad and daughterThe Center's service programs are examples of the successful outreach and community partnerships that enhance the opportunities for the growth and development of children and adults in Tennessee and throughout the nation.




SSCBT LogoThe Social Service Competency Based Training (SSCBT) program is a national training program developed by the Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences at Tennessee State University and offered jointly by Tennessee State University and Portland State University in Oregon. SSCBT is a one year competency-based program designed to improve the knowledge and skills of human service workers in Head Start community action programs and social service agencies across the country. In conjunction with the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare, the Center awards the Social Service Practitioner’s Credential to practitioners who complete the SSCBT program. 

The SSCBT curriculum has been designed to address the priority areas outlined in the Head Start Family Worker Training Initiative and to address core skills necessary for working in a variety of family support and community services settings.

The curriculum is divided between three modules: 

  • Skills: Working with People 
  • Attitudes: Motivation through Use of Self 
  • Knowledge: Systems and Human Behavior  


Tennessee State University’s (TSU) Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership is a collaboration between TSU and three privately owned child care centers within the north Nashville area of Davidson County. Through this partnership, the TSU Early Head Start program provides comprehensive child development and family support to 80 children in 10 classrooms via high quality full year, full-day, services for low-income infants and toddlers.  


TNCARESThe Tennessee CAREs Early Head Start Program focuses on prevention and early intervention with low-income families. Since 1995, this unique project has provided coordinated comprehensive, intensive, and continuous support services to enable families to attain self-sufficiency, while recognizing the integrity and unique needs of these families and children. Prior to becoming an Early Head Start program, Tennessee CAREs operated a Comprehensive Child Development Program (CCDP) in partnership with the local Head Start program. 

The Tennessee CAREs Project is funded by the Office of Head Start under the direction of the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program’s goals encompass successful health, economic and educational outcomes and long-term academic success for children. The goals of the program are consistent with the mission and vision of the Center by supporting the needs of children and their families. 

Tennessee CAREs services Gibson, Henry and Weakley counties in Northwest Tennessee and is federally funded to serve an enrollment of 148 children. The service delivery options available to families are prenatal, center-based, and home-based. Of the 148 children served, 36 children (12 in each county) are in the home-based option and 112 children are in the center-based option.   

The program consists of six center-based child care centers. The Central Office is located in Paris, Tennessee and houses the Program Director, Administrative Assistant, Education and Disabilities Coordinator, Family and Community Partnership Coordinator, and the Health and Nutrition Coordinator.

2013 - 2014 Tennessee CAREs Annual Public Report

2012 - 2013 Tennessee CAREs Annual Public Report

2011 - 2012 Tennessee CAREs Annual Public Report

2010 - 2011 Tennessee CAREs Annual Public Report

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Central Office
   Central Office at Paris Housing Authority
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