Preschool Development Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) Grants Awarded to 45 States and Territories

Posted by Michelle Thomas, TCC Senior Policy Advisor

Happy New Year! 2019 started off with great news for the early education stakeholders: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in consultation with the Department of Education (ED) announced funding was recently awarded to 45 states and territories for one-year planning grants running through December 30, 2019.

The goal of the PDG B-5 grant is to empower states as they facilitate strategic collaboration and coordination among early childhood care and education programs in a mixed delivery system. States submitted applications that explained the activities they will pursue with ambitious goals to align and strengthen existing funding streams, coordinate delivery models, improve the use of existing resources, encourage partnerships among providers and stakeholders, and maximize parental choice in a mixed delivery system.

To see the list of awarded grants please visit the First Five Years Fund website:

Data is a Key Component to Sustainability

These grants will bolster the hard work that States are already doing to implement data solutions that give them the information needed to make effective policy decisions and sustainable investment decisions. However, the early childhood mixed service delivery landscape makes it a challenge to collect, aggregate and analyze data about:

  • Who is delivering services?
  • What services are being delivered?
  • Where are the services being delivered?
  • Who is receiving services? How long do they receive services?
  • Do public investments result in positive outcomes?

I will continue to follow the exciting work that States are doing. Specifically, I wonder how States may take this opportunity to revisit their vision for data system solutions that will effectively support and sustain the intended outcomes of these grants.

Reinventing the Way States Collect and Use Data

TCC developed the Ascend early childhood data system to assist state agencies with managing multiple aspects of early childhood programming. Our early childhood subject matter experts drove the requirements and development process. The result is a flexible system that grows with your State.

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To learn more about TCC and our Early Childhood Solutions, please visit our website




TCC Seeks a Project Manager – Application Development

Posted by Kelly Grant, TCC Senior Technical Recruiter

When you join the TCC team, you join a team of exceptional individuals who are experts in their fields.  At TCC, you will have the opportunity to use technology to make our clients’ lives easier and their businesses more profitable.

The project manager II is accountable for the successful delivery of assigned projects utilizing approved project management methodology.  This includes properly scoping the project, attainment, and assignment of appropriate resources, daily management of the project to minimize and mitigate risks, and appropriate reporting.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Deliver project successfully and on time and on or under budget
  • Create and manage detailed project plans and reporting
  • Simultaneously manage several smaller sub-projects under the scope of the master project to which they are assigned
  • Ensure proper project execution of workflows, critical paths, and milestones
  • Manage project scope and change control process
  • Actively manage to the project budget by creating monthly forecasts and analyzing and explaining variances
  • Identify needed resources, requests appropriate resources, and ensures appropriate staffing for the duration of the project to ensure efficient and successful project delivery
  • Effectively manage a diverse group of team members
  • Record labor utilization on the project and create labor utilization forecasts
  • Track project risk and ensure appropriate resolution
  • Review project deliverables to ensure high quality
  • Manage customer expectations and maintain the client relationship as it pertains to project delivery
  • Hold formal project review
  • Prepare and deliver project status reports
  • Ensure all stakeholders are identified and understand the project schedule, assigned tasks, and key milestones


Skills & Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • 5+ years of work experience in project management or related field
  • Extensive experience in project management methodology
  • Demonstrated expertise with project management software, such as MS Project
  • Previous supervisory experience and the ability to coach and develop team members effectively are required
  • Previous experience in a Windows application development environment
  • Demonstrated strong written, verbal, organizational, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated reasoning and problem solving abilities
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills (negotiation, team-building, positive thinking, can-do attitude, and job flexibility)


  • Health, dental and vision packages
  • 401(k) plan
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Paid time off 

To see open positions at TCC, please visit our website

TCC Expands Security Services Branch

Posted by Tim Luzadder, TCC Security Services Director

TCC continues our growth and expansion into the Cyber Security arena by forming a new Security Services business unit. This is an area expected to have fast growth in a short amount of time, and these changes will allow our Security team members to focus on the scope of work and expand upon their expertise.

TCC takes a customer-centric approach to Security Services, implementing security solutions tailored to your unique business needs.

TCC’s Security Services offers a holistic review of the environment along with a scripted guide to implementing a robust and comprehensive security program. Our Security Team can also implement complex security solutions, tailored to your business, allowing your internal IT and security teams to focus on your core business competencies. TCC takes a customer-centric approach to Security Services, giving you more control over your security choices.

TCC’s Security Services Include:

  • NIST 800-171 and NIST 800-53 Gap & Remediation Services
  • Security Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance & Remediation
  • Documentation
  • Risk & Security Assessment

TCC provides a complete suite of security services designed to offer your company maximum protections against cybersecurity threats. TCC gives you access to the latest in cybersecurity innovation and an experienced team of security experts.


To learn more about TCC’s Security Services, please visit our website



TCC Seeks a Senior Software Architect

Posted by Kelly Grant, TCC Senior Technical Recruiter

When you join the TCC team, you join a team of exceptional individuals who are experts in their fields.  At TCC, you will have the opportunity to use technology to make our clients’ lives easier and their businesses more profitable.

The Senior Software Architect is accountable for the design, development, and maintenance of multiple software projects and managing, directing, and developing other technical resources. The Architect works with product management to translate requirements into working software by the creation of development plans, architectures, and workflows. He or she works and communicates directly with end clients.

• Interpret business, technical, and functional requirements and design solutions to meet these requirements
• Help to define the architecture and design of product features
• Produce and refine level of effort estimates for features and bug fixes
• Assist with the review and prioritization of outstanding defects
• Work with team and Quality Assurance to identify and solve performance and functionality defects
• Deploy software in a well planned manner with complete coordination with all end users
• Assign tasks to and review work products of other team members
• Lead and provide guidance, direction, mentoring, and support to more junior team members
• Write clean, clear code and unit tests, which stand as an example for the rest of the team to follow
• Participate in interviewing and recruiting of new team members

• Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a comparable degree
• 6-12 years of application software development experience
• Experience with multi-tier application design and development and knowledge of design patterns
• Extensive experience with Microsoft based technologies
o C# and .NET technologies
o LINQ, Entity Framework, REST Web API
o Angular CLI, Typescript, HTML, XML
o Microsoft SQL Server, Transact-SQL, SSRS
o Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
o Team Foundation Server, TFS User Stories
• Experience participating in collaborative development environment
• Prior experience as a leader within a software development team
• Development experience within the Agile methodology
• Experience with working with external customers and vendors
• A proven track record of software delivery
• Experience with peer code review practices

Travel Requirements
• May require occasional (10-20%) travel out of state

• Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
• Employer-funded Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
• Company sponsored 401k
• Paid Time Off

About TCC
Founded in 1996 in Indianapolis, IN, The Consultants Consortium (TCC) is an innovative solutions provider committed to designing and delivering high-value, cost-effective IT consulting services and application technology solutions for both the private and public sectors. With a team of more than 250 IT and business professionals, TCC serves clients nationwide, from state and federal government agencies to commercial sector customers. TCC is committed to providing the most cutting edge solutions, and with that, ensures they stay up-to-date on crucial certifications and affiliations. Among these are the highly accredited Microsoft Certifications.

At TCC, we know that having a strong company culture is paramount in sustaining the success and stability of the company, especially within the information technology industry. That’s why we place our focus on the people who make our success possible: our employees, partners and clients. We strive to create an environment that preserves and fosters growth while still promoting the DNA of our company.

Our core values:
• Building strong, reliable relationships with our employees, our partners and our clients
• Upholding integrity, honesty and respect
• Supporting our local community
• Encouraging continued education and development

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

To see open positions at TCC, please visit our website