Online Presence Helps Members Learn How Child Care Assistance Program Benefits Native American Families
DURANT, OK - The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) Child Care Assistance Program (CCA) has launched a new Internet Web site at www.cncca.org. “We hope Native Americans will view us online to discover how our program works and to see if it can help with their family child care needs,” says Program Director, Marilyn Williams. The Choctaw Nation Child Care Assistance Program is funded by a federal grant through the US Department of Health & Human Services and Administration for Children & Families for the purpose of assisting eligible families with their day care expense.
CCA helps low-income, Native American families with their child care costs for children under the age of 13 years who reside in the CNO’s 10 ½ county service area of southeastern Oklahoma. “We currently provide assistance for just under 1,000 children and contract with 143 day care centers and homes for their care. The majority of the providers are licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services, but in some cases a relative of the child could be paid for their care,” says Williams.
To qualify for Choctaw Child Care Assistance parents or guardians of the children must be working, going to school, or in an educational training program, and therefore have a need for their child to attend a day care. Eligibility is based on the parents’ income, the number in the household, and their work schedule. Parents are required to pay a certain portion (co-payment) of their child care expense for each child. The Program will pay the balance of the costs to their day care provider. In some cases, CCA may be able to pay for child care while parents or guardians search for a job. Applicants should ask about the Job Search program to see if they qualify.
Native American families who qualify for the CCA program are encouraged to visit the new web site at www.cncca.org or contact CCA at Choctaw Tribal headquarters at 580-924-8280 to learn how CCA can assist their family.