The first systematic statewide early childhood training and professional system in the nation administered by higher education to include orientation through advanced degree programs is known as the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance, or TECTA.  Based on state and national standards of training, TECTA supplies early childhood personnel with the recognized professional knowledge and skills needed to provide appropriate care and education of young children.  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.

  • Is a statewide training system teaching those who care for young children
  • Is a research-based curriculum to positively impact the lives of Tennessee's Children
  • Plays an important role in preparing children to enter school ready to learn
  • Serves all 95 Tennessee counties
  • Makes 30 hours of free training available to Tennessee residents who work in a state regulated child care facility or licensed family/group home
  • For additional information about the TECTA program, visit the statewide web site at www.tecta.info