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TECTA at the Dyersburg State Community College's Gibson County Center


  • The Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance.
  • The first systematic statewide early childhood training and professional system in the nation administered by higher education to include orientation through advanced degree programs.
  • A statewide training system teaching those who care for young children.
  • A research-based curriculum to positively impact the lives of Tennessee's children.
  • Approved by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and the Tennessee Board of Regents.
  • Playing an important role in preparing children to enter school ready to learn.
  • Supplying early childhood personnel with the recognized professional knowledge and skills needed to provide appropriate care and education of young children.
  • Based on state and national standards of training.
  • Serving all 95 Tennessee counties.
  • Making 30 hours of free training available to Tennessee residents who work in a state regulated child care facility or licensed family/group home.
  • TECTA at Dyersburg State Community College is funded by the Center of Excellence for Learning Sciences at Tennessee State University through a contract with the Department of Human Services.  
    For additional information about the TECTA program, visit the statewide web site at

News Flash!


TECTA orientation is the bridge to all other services we can provide to individuals. Any participant interested in scholarship funding, CDA assistance of any kind, or accreditation is required to attend the 30 hours of free training.

CDA Credential

The Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) is a national credential issued by the Council for Professional Development in Washington, D.C.

Academic Courses

Students are eligible to pursue courses to complete the CDA requirements, a technical certificate in early childhood education, an Associates of Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Early Childhood, and continue to the four year college of your choice.


The Tennessee Early Childhood Program Administrator Credential (TECPAC) is the recognition awarded to early childhood administrators who have demonstrated the specific competencies for effective leadership and management through academics, experiences, and portfolio assessment. This state awarded credential provides another level of recognition as part of the quality rating system.

National Accreditation

Accreditation means operating your childcare program based on nationally set standards and state licensing requirements.  If you have been in operation a minimum of at least one year and are Tennessee licensed then you may be eligible for training, consultation, and fee assistance (when available).


Kelly Tivey, Site Coordinator

Donna Hunter, Support Staff