The Child Care Assistance Program is funded by a federal grant through the Department of Health & Human Services and Administration for Children & Families. Certain requirements of the Child Care Program are necessary because of the federal regulations of the funding source. None of the funds used for day care assistance are tribal monies.
The purpose of the Child Care Assistance Program is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care services in the 22 counties of Southwestern Oklahoma. The following 22 counties are: Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Garvin, Grady, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, McClain, Oklahoma, Roger Mills, Stephens, Tillman, and Washita.
We provide assistance to Kiowa children under 13 years of age. Federal funding is applied for annually by the Kiowa Tribe in order to continue to:
· Provide low-income families with the financial resources to find and afford quality child care for their children, while working, attending training or educational activities.
· Enhance the quality and increase the supply of child care for families;
· Provide parents with a broad range of options in addressing their child care needs;
· Strengthen the role of the family;
· Improve the quality of and coordination among child care programs and early child development programs;
· Increase the availability of early childhood development and before and after school care programs;
· Engage children in learning the Kiowa language and culture.
Tribal Child Care Center
The Kiowa Tribe operates a tribally owned Kiowa Child Care Center located in Anadarko, OK.
Our program permits parents to choose from a broad range of providers licensed by the State of Oklahoma. These centers are monitored by the State DHS workers and by the Kiowa Tribal Child Care Program Director to ensure standards for health, safety and quality are maintained.
Program Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for this program:
· The child must be under the age of 13 years, and will become ineligible on their 13th birthday;
· The child must be enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe; eligible to be enrolled Kiowa; or have at least one enrolled Kiowa parent; or a Kiowa enrolled child who resides with an Indian family, or attached to an Indian family by birth, adoption, custody or guardianship with appropriate documentation;
· Child must reside within the 22 counties of Southwestern Oklahoma;
· Complete a Child Care Application and submit all required documents before eligibility will be determined and approved;
· Must meet income guidelines based on family size and income. See the sliding fee scale;
· Both parents must be working, in training, or attending an educational program which prevents parents from providing care and supervision of the child in the household during the time the parents are participating in those activities;
· Must NOT be currently receiving child care services from DHS or other tribal subsidy programs.
Families must first complete an application for Child Care Assistance so that eligibility may be determined. Applications may be picked up at our child care office in Anadarko, at the Tribal Intake office in Carnegie, or using the link below. All applications are to be hand carried to the office or mailed in. No faxed applications are allowed. The following documents must be included with the application:
· Denial Letter from Oklahoma DHS in your county;
· Copies of Kiowa Tribal Enrollment Verification and/or CDIB (Certificate Degree of Indian Blood) for parents and children;
· Copies of parent and child’s Social Security Card or number;
· Copies of the child’s Immunization Record;
· Copies of the Child’s Birth Certificate (or hospital verification for whom the assistance is being requested for;
· Income verification and one month’s (2 recent check stub) from each working parent;
· Self-Employment Forms (if applicable) and Income Tax Forms;
· Any other income received such as TANF, SSI/Disability, VA, Child Support, etc.;
· Current Class Schedule (if applicable);
· Utility Bill (electric, gas, water, telephone, cable). If living at someone else’s residence, provide a statement from that person stating you reside with them and submit their utility bill.
2017-18 Kiowa Tribe Child Care Program Family Survey
Please give us your thoughts on ways to improve our Child Care Program.
Thank you for taking the time to help us improve our program and services as we strive to provide high-quality, culturally-relevant care to Kiowa children and their families!
Yvonne Haven, Tribal CCDF Director