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ERIC Number: EJ881321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Tennessee's Statewide Early Childhood Training System (TECTA): Improving the Quality of Early Childhood Services through Coordinated Training
Mietlicki, Connie
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n192 p85-89 Mar-Apr 2010
A critical issue facing the nation today stems from the fact that many classroom teachers in Early Childhood Education lack adequate training. This deficit in the professional education of teachers impacts outcomes for children every day. This article discusses the establishment of a training system that has impacted Early Childhood education in Tennessee. In 1991, when federal Child Care Development Block Grant funds became available to make quality improvements in the child care system, Tennessee allocated one-third of its funding to develop a training system called Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA). The lattice concept of the TECTA system represented a new paradigm for the Early Childhood profession that communicates upward mobility with improved compensation at each step of professional development. Numbers and statistics are inadequate to describe the impact that the TECTA alliance has made on Early Childhood Education in the state of Tennessee. Real stories of people's authentic experiences are inspiring sources of information, especially for people in similar circumstances. (Contains 1 table and 3 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Child Care and Development Block Grants