TECTA at Tennessee State University

TECTA Orientation • TECTA Services • TSU TECTA Staff • Location

 

TSU TECTA LogoThe 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. After completing the Orientation, participants are eligible to receive tuition assistance for coursework at any public higher education institution. Participation is open to any staff employed in a licensed child care facility in Tennessee. 

Our service area includes the following counties:

TSU TECTA Service AreaDavidson; Rutherford; Williamson; Sumner; Wilson; Cheatham; Robertson; Trousdale; Marshall; Bedford; Giles; Lincoln; Moore

Lauren Andru
Child Care Program Director and TECTA-supported Student

"I am Lauren Andru, Director at Generations Connected. I have been in child care for 14 years now. I am not a traditional person in that I went to college got married and had kids. I went to college got engaged, and had my first son. I went to the TECTA orientation while going back to college at MTSU, and working at a childcare facility. But then life happened and I got married and had two more children. In which I stayed in childcare to be with them at my facility. At this time I completed my CDA coursework, and continued working and raising my family. But it had always loomed over me to complete my CDA. TECTA has always been there for me when I was ready. They were there ready to help where I had left off without judgement or questions of why didn’t I finish, or how come it took you so long? I have now obtained my CDA, and currently enrolled for my Associates degree. I feel that TECTA has played a huge support role, and is always a phone call away. Everyone’s quick responses and helpful tips, and guidance of what the next step is, have kept the positive ball rolling. It made the task seem not so large and unobtainable, That looming feeling has been lifted, because I have completed my CDA and I am compelled to keep going! Thank you TECTA for being there for me!" 

 

TECTA Orientation

TECTA Orientation Enrollment Form • TECTA Orientation Schedule (printable)

TECTA Orientations are free. You must attend all Orientation classes in order to receive your DHS Approved 30-hour Certificate of Completion. You are allowed to miss two Orientation classes; however, they must be completed within 18 months in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. 

Orientation Type Location Registration Period Day/Time
Administrator

(Owners, Directors/ Asst. Directors ONLY)
Davidson County (Hybrid)

Tennessee State University
Avon Williams Campus
330 10th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203 
January 2 through February 6  Face-to-Face Modules
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
February 22 & April 25

All other Modules Online.
Center-Based

(ages 3-5)
Cheatham County

The Community Day School
115 Centre Street
Pleasant View, TN 37146 
January 2 through March 20 Saturdays
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

March 28
April 4, 25
May 2, 16 
Infant/Toddler

(Birth‐3 years)
Rutherford County

The Academy of Gateway
1404 Gateway Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129 
January 2 through January 20 Saturdays
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

January 25
February 1, 8, 22, 29 
Center Based

(ages 3-5)
Davidson County

Tennessee State University
Avon Williams Campus
330 10th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203
January 2 through January 20 Saturdays
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

January 25
February 1, 8, 22
March 7
Center Based

(ages 3-5)
Davidson County

The Academy of Harpeth Village
7836 Learning Lane
Nashville, TN 37221
January 2 through January 27 Saturdays
8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 7
School-Age

(Educators who provide care for children in Before and After School Programs.)
Online

You must have a current email address, access to a computer, and have some basic computer skills to enroll in this Orientation.
January 2 through February 7 February 18 - April 27
Family Child Care

(Family or Group Home Educators ONLY)
Online

You must have a current email address, access to a computer, and have some basic computer skills to enroll in this Orientation.
January 2 through January 27 February 18 - April 7 

 

 TECTA Services

Child Development Associate™ (CDA) Credential

There are four academic Early Childhood Education courses applicable for CDA® requirements. TECTA can provide assistance for CDA candidates in the following ways:

Tuition Assistance for the four Academic Courses
Textbooks for Academic Courses
TECTA Professional Development Specialist
CDA Competency Standards Book
Professional Portfolio Support
Verification Visit
Application Assistance
Scholarship Application Fee

Tuition Assistance

TECTA provides tuition assistance for Associates, Bachelors, and Masters degrees at Tennessee colleges and universities. Registration for the Summer 2020 semester will take place during April of 2020.

Services for Family Child Care

FCC book readingTECTA provides Orientation, tuition assistance, accreditation support, mentoring, and in-home technical assistance for family child care programs through the TECTA Family Child Care Network.

If you work in the TSU TECTA service area, contact Jamie Farrell, Family Child Care Specialist, at jfarrel1@tnstate.edu or 615-277-6924. 

 



 TSU TECTA Staff

Site Coordinator   Casey Coordinator   J Farrell Specialist
  Casey Breslin
TECTA Orientation Specialist
cbreslin@tnstate.edu

 

Jamie Farrell
TECTA FCC Specialist
jfarrel1@tnstate.edu
Miranda Wilson
TSU TECTA Site Coordinator
mwilson@tnstate.edu
  Ulyondia Coordinator   Denise Coordinator
   Ulyondia Gordon
TECTA Orientation Specialist
ugordon@tnstate.edu
  Denise McKell
TECTA Orientation Specialist
dmckell@tnstate.edu 
 

Location

Tennessee State University - Main Campus
Research and Sponsored Programs Building - Suite 1B
Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Box 9500
Nashville, TN 37209
Phone: 615-277-1697
Fax: 615-277-1670 

Many people have been successful locating our exact building location on a GPS app or device when entering the physical address of 1100 37th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37209.

This project is funded through a contract with the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Tennessee State University, Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences.