TACEE is an affiliate of the​ Southern Early Childhood Association

Congratulations to Debbie Ferguson, President of SECA. Her leadership will strengthen SECA and the opportunities it offers to its members. 

Look for opportunities to share photos from your Day of Joy, the fourth Friday of the month

Upcoming dates of Day of Joy

May 22 and June 26

Join SECA March 4-6, 2021

at the Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, TN for the 72nd annual conference

Welcome to TACEE!

Our hearts go out to the people whose lives have been disrupted by the recent outbreak of COVID-19.  We are working hard to offer support and resources for our members, staff, and partners as we navigate this rapidly changing health and economic crisis.  Thank you for what you are doing to support and encourage children, families, and one another.  Together we will get through these uneasy times.

We are ready for a "PLAY REVOLUTION"


I don’t have to tell you how important play is.  As early educators, you know better than most how children thrive when allowed to play and direct their own learning.  Guess what? The experts know it too.  Pediatricians, child development experts, and education researchers agree that unstructured play helps to strengthen social development; language skills, and Executive Function skills, while stimulating brain development and critical thinking in young children.  Despite the overwhelming amount of research and scientific evidence that supports the importance of play, early educators are often bombarded with messages about “school readiness”, “push down academics” and “teacher directed lessons”.  


TACEE wants to change that.   We invite you to join a PLAY REVOLUTION  as we support developmentally appropriate practice for early care and education,  offer professionals a place to connect, grow, and collaborate, and advocate for policies and practices that are good for children, families, and educators.


Let us know if we need to come to your community to offer training, support, and/or encouragement.  TACEE wants to make a difference. 

Join us!


Respectfully, Cindy Ligon,

TACEE President

William James

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"


Contact TACEE

Get in touch with Lori DuBois, TACEE Office Manager, to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.

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