Training Opportunities for Child Care Providers

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is committed to promoting high-quality early childhood environments that are safe, healthy, and educationally rich. Below are a variety of continuing education and professional development resources available to early childhood educators and agencies subject to Tennessee Licensure Rules for Child Care Agencies (1240-04-01).


Attention Child Care Providers: Effective January 01, 2022, the Tennessee Professional Archive of Learning (TNPAL) will become the Department’s official system of record for capturing staff qualifications and completed training hours beginning January 01, 2022.


Training and Professional Development Tools & Resources

Tennessee Professional Archive of Learning (TNPAL) is the official system of record for qualifications, training, and professional development for child care providers licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) effective January 01, 2022. This free resource is designed to better support professional development and empower early childhood professionals who work in TDHS-licensed child care agencies by collecting and preserving completed trainings, accomplishments, credentials, education, certifications, and awards. TNPAL also directly supports verification of these records by directors and TDHS for compliance and regulatory purposes. Learn the benefits of TNPAL and signup at https://www.tnpal.org/.

  • Don’t have a TNPAL account? Signing up is easy! 
    TNPAL is waiting for you! Early childhood professionals may visit www.tnpal.org and create a TNPAL account using a web browser on any computer, phone, or tablet. A series of quick video tutorials, including “How to Register”, are available at the TNPAL YouTube Channel.  
  • Already have a TNPAL account? 
    It’s equally important for both early childhood professionals and agency directors to affiliate their TNPAL user accounts with their TDHS-licensed child care agency. This association enables training and qualifications verification and promotes continuing professional development. Early childhood professionals who haven’t requested association during the registration should login to TNPAL to complete this step.
  • Need Assistance? 
    The TNPAL Help Desk is available to assist early childhood professionals Monday through Saturday, 7am-9pm Central. Contact them at support@tnpal.org or (615) 277-1688.

 


TrainTN is the official clearinghouse for external early childhood professional trainings recognized as approved by the Tennessee Department of Human Services effective November 01, 2021.  Approved trainings offer early childhood educators and child care professionals having direct responsibility for the care and oversight of children opportunities to meet Tennessee Licensure Rules for Child Care Agencies (1240-04-01) and Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) training and professional development requirements. Visit the TrainTN catalog at www.traintn.org.


Tennessee Child Care Online Training System (TCCOTS) powered by ProSolutions Training is a free online learning management system supporting early childhood professional and high-quality child care services in Tennessee. TCCOTS offers web-based alternatives to in-person training to accommodate the busy schedules of early childhood professionals – may be completed at any time – days, evenings, or weekends. TCCOTS trainings meet basic licensing and Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) requirements. To learn more, visit www.tccots.com.


ChildcareTennessee, an initiative led by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a resource for licensed child care program directors and owners who can share thousands of resources with early childhood educators and child care professionals. Learn more at www.childcaretennessee.com


Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF) envisions a Tennessee where all children have access to the resources, guidance and support they need to become lifelong learners. GELF supports strengthening early literacy in Tennessee and coordinates with CCR&R to offer reading books and teaching aids for classrooms in licensed child care programs. Learn more at www.governorsfoundation.org


Tech Goes Home Tennessee provides free training and one-on-one coaching to reduce the digital divide and support a system of high-quality early care and education for children in Tennessee. The 15-hour training course is designed to teach foundational technical skills, such as email navigation and presentation building, small business technology skills. One-on-one coaching includes training on software that includes word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows, calendar, and email. Upon completion of the training, licensed child care programs may be eligible to receive technology incentives for use by their program staff. Learn more at www.techgoeshometn.org.


Continuing Education and Professional Development Opportunities

Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN) supports infants,  young children, and the adults who impact their early relational health through education, technical assistance, resources assisting early childhood educators and child care professionals in their everyday interactions with infants, young children, and their families. AIMHiTN offers support to early childhood educators and child care professionals seeking to achieve Infant Mental Health Endorsement®. Learn more at www.aimhitn.org


Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) provides free training and technical assistance to early childhood educators and child care professionals as well as resources for parents, employers, and the community that support high quality care and child development. Learn more at https://www.tnccrr.org/


Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) supports professionalism in the field of Early Childhood Education to meet the continuing education goals of early childhood educators and child care professionals. TECTA offers a variety of tuition and academic supports for students completing Early Childhood Career and Technical Education programs. TECTA and Tennessee State University also offer the Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential (TECPAC), Tennessee Infant-Toddler Credential, specialized orientation courses, and a high school equivalency program. Learn more at www.tecta.info


Tennessee Family Child Care Network (TFCCN) offers free training, technical assistance, and peer-to-peer mentoring for licensed family and group home-based early childhood professionals, directors, and owners. Learn more by visiting www.tfccn.org


Incentives

Child Care WAGE$® Tennessee provides Early Childhood Educators with incentives based on their education and continuity of employment.  By increasing teacher retention, WAGE$ provides children with more stable relationships and better-educated teachers. WAGE$ addresses individual professional development efforts and low wages, but does not affect budgets, regular wages or parent fees within the child care program. Learn more at www.tnwages.org