TECTA at Tennessee State University

TECTA Orientation
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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 Forms 

Forms icon TECTA Student Information Form

Tuition icon TECTA Application for Academic Tuition Assistance 

To download the forms, right-click on the links above and select 'Save Page As' or 'Save Link As' to save a copy of the form. Open the PDF file, complete the form, and be sure to save a copy to send to your TECTA site. Click here for more detailed instructions on how to open and save a PDF file.


TECTA Orientation

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. 

This is a tentative schedule, subject to change based on funding and student enrollment. Each Orientation is 30 hours of free, TDHS-approved training. 


Summer 2024 Orientation Schedule

TECTA Summer 2024 Orientation Schedule (Printable PDF)

TECTA Summer 2024 Orientation Enrollment Form (Fillable PDF)






Infant and Toddler
(Birth-3 years)

Orientation #

(In-Person) Sumner County

Lightbridge Academy

2129 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066

May 18
June 1, 15, 29
July 13


In Person:

Registration Deadline:

May 13

(or capacity)

(3-5 years)

Orientation #

Sumner County

Lightbridge Academy

2129 Nashville Pike
 Gallatin, TN 37066

May 18
June 1, 8, 29
July 13



Registration Deadline:

May 13

(or capacity)

Our Fall I Tentative Orientation Schedule will be available during the Month of July.

Our Fall II Tentative Orientation Schedule will be available during the Month of     October.

Upon completion of a 30-hour TECTA Orientation, Educators are eligible for Tuition Assistance (Academic coursework applicable for the CDA Credential and beyond).

Only (3) Educators from one location per Orientation type can enroll.

Please email if interested:
Uylondia Gordon @



Quanasa Smith
TECTA-Supported Student Pursuing an Associates Degree

"Thank you TECTA for all you do! Not just for me but all students who come through your program. I am forever grateful!”


 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 Analyn Borthick, Family Child Care Specialist, at aborthic@tnstate.edu or 615-277-1694. 



Ulyondia Coordinator   Analyn Pic   J Farrell Specialist
  Analyn Barak
TECTA FCC Specialist


Jamie Dalbec
TECTA Orientation Specialist
Uylondia Gordon
TSU TECTA Program Manager
  Flippin   Denise Coordinator
  Donita Flippin
TECTA Data Specialist
  Denise McKell
TECTA Orientation Specialist

Cynthia Wright
First-time TECTA-Supported Student pursuing a CDA

Mrs. Gordon,

I am fully registered and ready to go to Volunteer State starting May 18th. Thank you so much for teaching TECTA and making me excited to go get my CDA! I can't thank you enough. Mrs.Wilson helped me get all the documents and registered with my classes! I'm so blessed to have met you!

Many Thanks,

Cynthia Wright



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 by the Center of Excellence of Learning Sciences at Tennessee State University through a contract with the Tennessee Department of Human Services.