National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development

The National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development assists Tribal grantees with the administration and implementation of Child Care and Development Fund programs. The Center's activities, expertise, and resources support Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations in their efforts to increase the quality, affordability, and availability of child care in Native American communities.

Targeted technical assistance services support more than 539 Federally recognized Tribes, either directly or through Tribal consortia. These services include a toll-free information and referral line, development and dissemination of information and technical assistance materials, a peer learning and leadership network, national and regional webinars and other in-person and distance-learning technical assistance events, onsite and remote consultations with program administrators, and promotion of Tribal-State collaboration and linkages between States, Tribes, and local early childhood and school-age care education programs.


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Highlighted Tools and Resources: 

Key CCDF resources, contact lists, regulations, program instructions, and guidance. Topics include CCDF administration, financial management, and reporting.

Five resource pages, each on a key topic area for AI/AN CCDF grantees: consumer education, coordination, health and safety, quality improvement, and subsidy eligibility and equal access.

This health and safety guide provides a voluntary baseline for healthy and safe operations of child care homes and centers serving tribal CCDF-eligible families.