The purpose of the Child Care Assistance Program is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care services within the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation. Federal funding is applied for annually by the Choctaw Nation in order to:
- Provide low-income families with the financial resources to find and afford quality child care for their children.
- 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.
How We Are Funded
Because none of our funding comes from the tribe, but through a federal grant, we must adhere to the federal rules and regulations that govern this grant in order to maintain our funding each year and to be able to provide child care services to eligible families.
Our Service Area
The service area of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma includes all territory within the tribes boundaries. The Choctaw Nation is bounded on the east by the State of Arkansas, on the south by the Red River, on the north by the South Canadian, Canadian and Arkansas Rivers, and the western boundary generally follows a line slightly west of Durant, then due north to the South Canadian River. The geographic area consists of the following counties: Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes (1/2), Latimer, Leflore, McCurtain, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha.
Eligibility will be determined by a staff member based on the information you provide on your application for assistance. Eligibility is based on income, family size and other information.
Every 12 months parents are required to recertify to determine if they are still eligible for assistance based on the information that is submitted to our office. Failure to submit the requested information in a timely manner will result in termination from the program, and a new application would need to be completed, and eligibility determined.
Each caregiver/provider that contracts with our program will be subject to at least one annual unannounced visit/inspection of their home or facility by a staff member from our office. These inspections are done in collaboration with the Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services requirements are being followed.
Improvement Grant Component
Providers contracting with our Program are allowed to apply for grants to improve the health, safety or quality of their facility. Grant amounts range from $1,000-$1,500. Must contract for a minimum of six months prior to application.
Resource and Referral Component
Our Program coordinates with the Oklahoma Child Care Resource & Referral Association at Southeastern Oklahoma State University to assist families with child care resources. We also collaborate with SOSU to produce a newsletter of helpful information to providers, and to assist with expenses and supplies for their resource center.
Our Training & Events Coordinator coordinates training experiences for our providers as well as our CCA staff.
Throughout the year the Training & Events Coordinator plans activities and events that are educational, fun, and informative for parents, providers, children, and our communities.
Health and Safety Component
Monitoring of daycare facilities and staff ensure state immunization and other health and safety procedures are maintained.
Toll Free: 1-800-522-6170
P.O. Box 86
Hugo, OK 74743
Phone: (580) 326-6611 Fax: (580) 326-6663
Spiro Field Office
Poteau Field Office
Dale Cox Community Center 208 B St. ~ P.O. Box 793
Poteau, OK 74953
Phone: (918) 647-9324 Fax: (918) 649-3425
Broken Bow Field Office
Idabel Field Office
Wright City Field Office
Smithville Field Office
Crowder Field Office
Choctaw Nation Child Development Center (Bennington)*
820 N. Perry ~ P.O. Box 76
Bennington, OK 74723
Phone: (580) 847-2528 Fax: (580) 847-2058
Choctaw Nation Child Development Center (Coalgate)*
214 S.E. Veteran’s Dr.
Coalgate, OK 74538
Phone: (580) 927-2118 Fax: (580) 927-2518
Choctaw Nation Child Development Center (Durant)*
2750 Big Lots Parkway ~ P.O. Box 186
Durant, OK 74702
Phone: (580) 920-1801 Fax: (580) 924-6644
Choctaw Nation Child Development Center (Idabel)*
2412 E. Lincoln Rd.
Idabel, OK 74745
Phone: (580) 286-3060 Fax: (580) 286-7415
Choctaw Nation Child Development Center (Stigler)
208 S. City Lake Rd. ~ P.O. Box 368
Stigler, OK 74462
Phone: (918) 967-5005 Fax: (918) 967-4930
Choctaw Nation Child Development Center (Talihina)
10762 SE 1139th Ave.
Talihina, OK 74571
Phone: (918) 567-3184 Fax: (918) 567-4345
* Indicates Choctaw Nation Head Start located at the same location
|SOSU Child Care Resource and Referral
1405 North 4th Avenue PMB 4232
Durant, OK 74701
Toll Free: 1-888-320-5205 Local: 580-745-3176
Counties served: Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Latimer, LeFlore
McCurtain, Pittsburg, Pushmataha
ECU Child Care Resource and Referral
Child Care Resource and Referral Association
Child Care Finders
Delaware Child Development Resource & Referral
700 W. Broadway
Ponca City, OK 74601
Local: (580) 762-7348
Fax: (580) 762-2526
1601 S. Main
Stillwater, OK 74075
Local: (405) 742-4617
Fax: (405) 744-2859
Cherokee Nation Child Care Resource & Referral
Great Plains Child Care Resource & Referral
Rainbow Fleet Child Care Resource & Referral
Child Care Resource Center
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