Tennessee Child Care Professional Training also known as TN-CCPT.

To improve the quality of care for young children, the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) invests a significant amount of its resources in support of several training programs that are free-of-charge for child care professionals. One of these programs is Tennessee Child Care Professional Training also known as TN-CCPT. 


Based on the belief that early childhood professionals should have knowledge and skills to provide appropriate care and education for young children, TN-CCPT assists DHS-licensed child care professionals with meeting their training hour requirements as defined in child care legislation and the related Tennessee Licensure Rules and Standards. 

These trainings concentrate on five core areas,

  • Administration
  • Child Development
  • Developmentally Appropriate Behavior Management
  • Early Childhood and Childhood Education, and
  • Health and Safety – and are grounded in research and best practices.

Training child care professionals is an important responsibility. In order to meet this obligation,

  • Each CCR&R employs a group of Resource and Referral (R&R) Specialists to deliver the trainings. 
  • Each CCR&R Specialist attends several statewide Train-the-Trainer Institutes each year. 
  • After completion of a Train-the-Trainer Institute, the CCR&R Specialist receives a training certificate and is then able to replicate the training to Child Care Professionals in each service delivery area. 

The Train-the-Trainer Institute provides resources (i.e., books, video clips, PowerPoint presentation, etc.) to assist in preparation of delivering a training. All Institutes provide content that serves as the base of information on a training topic.