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Training Opportunities for Child Care Providers

Child Care Resource & Referral Centers — a network of centers across the state offering free technical assistance to providers and resources for parents.

First Steps - a free training program for new center directors and care givers to help them meet the state-mandated training. Training is offered in all 95 counties. For information about this program, contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral Center.

Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) —a statewide training and professional recognition system based on the belief that early childhood education program personnel should have professional knowledge and skills to provide appropriate care and education for young children. For further information contact the TECTA site nearest you.

Tennessee State University Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences awards the Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential (TECPAC) and TECTA provides management of the TECPAC program and instruction for earning the TECPAC Credential to all directors of Tennessee Department of Human Services' licensed child care programs.

The Tennessee Child Care Online Training System (TCCOTS) provides online child care training options for individuals working in Tennessee Department of Human Services' licensed child care programs and is managed by TECTA.  Online training can be found on and .

TN-CCPT (Tennessee Child Care Provider Training) - assists providers with meeting increased training requirements of 18 hours of training, at no cost to providers, for any DHS -licensed child care provider in the state. For details contact your local CCR & R.

Project T.O.P.S.T.A.R (Tennessee’s Outstanding Providers Supported Through Available Resources) is a mentoring support system for family child care providers sponsored by the Tennessee Family Child Care Alliance and Funded by TDHS.  For more information contact the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA).

For information on the Child Care Certificate Program, visit our Child Care Certificate Program page.

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