Service Programs and Community Partnerships

Supporting children and families through comprehensive training and care

dad and daughter The 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. SSCBT is a competency-based program designed to improve the knowledge and skills of human service workers in social service agencies, child care, and Head Start programs 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 addresses the core skills necessary for working in a variety of family support and community services settings and addresses the priority areas outlined in the Head Start Family Worker Training Initiative. 

The curriculum is divided between three modules: 

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

For more information contact Amy Laird at


EHS CCPTennessee State University’s (TSU) Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership is a collaboration between TSU and privately owned child care centers in Rutherford County and 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 qualified working families.  

2022 - 2023 Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership Annual Public Report

2021 - 2022 Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership Annual Public Report

2020 - 2021 Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership Annual Public Report

2019 - 2020 Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership  Annual Public Report

2017 - 2018 Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership  Annual Public Report

For more information contact Altie Jordan at


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 112 children. The service delivery options available to families are prenatal and center-based. 

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.

For more information contact Tamara Barnhill at 

2022 - 2023 Tennessee CAREs Annual Public Report

2021 - 2022 Tennessee CAREs Annual Public Report

2020 - 2021 Tennessee CAREs Annual Public Report

2019 - 2020 Tennessee CAREs Annual Public Report

2018 - 2019 Tennessee CAREs Annual Public Report


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 Paris Housing Center Paris Central
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