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APSU's early childhood program gets continuation grant

October 29, 2002

Austin Peay officials have been notified that a grant for the University's early childhood training program has been continued.

The Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) program, which is within APSU's College of Professional Programs and Social Sciences, has been awarded a contract from Tennessee State University in the amount of $329,966 for the current academic year. This is the fifth year of funding for APSU's program.

According to Dr. Timothy Sweet-Holp, director of grants and sponsored programs, the TECTA program supports a statewide training system for all early childhood education personnel.

Selected Tennessee Board of Regents institutions, which have established early childhood education preparation programs, were invited to participate in TECTA.

APSU is one of only nine sites selected to administer the TECTA program, with Linda Sitton serving as Austin Peay's TECTA project manager.

Each site, including APSU, receives a subcontract from the Center of Excellence for Research and Policy on Basic Skills, Tennessee State University, Nashville. Funding comes from the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

“The key to quality programs is the professional preparation of teaching and administrative personnel,” Sweet-Holp said.

APSU's TECTA program is charged with serving the counties of Montgomery, Dickson, Humphreys, Houston, Benton, Henry, Robertson and Stewart.