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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).

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

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

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

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

Training and Professional Development Tools & Resources

Tennessee Professional Archive of Learning (TNPAL) is free online resource to better support professional development for early childhood professionals working in TDHS-licensed child care agencies. This single web-based portal is designed to collect and preserve completed trainings, accomplishments, credentials, education, certifications, and awards. These features and functions empower not only early childhood professionals but also support verification by directors and TDHS. Learn the benefits of TNPAL and signup at

TrainTN is the official clearinghouse for external early childhood professional trainings recognized as approved by the Tennessee Department of Human Services.  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

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

Childcare Tennessee, 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

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


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

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