Early Childhood

Child Care Assistance

The Child Care Assistance program assists eligible families with their financial obligation for child care.

The Child Care Assistance Program is funded by a federal grant through the Department of Health & Human Services and Administration for Children and 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 the child care services in the 10 1/2 counties of the Choctaw Nation service area. We service Native American children under the age of 13.

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Childcare Development Center

Choctaw Nation Childcare Development Centers (CDC) are state licensed childcare centers located in six convenient locations: Bennington, Durant, Coalgate, Idabel, Stigler, and Talihina.  We serve approximately 300 children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age.  

CDC adheres to the highest standards of education, safety, security, cleanliness, and loving care. We strive to provide each individual child with an environment that encourages self-discovery and a commitment to learning. Children are encouraged to learn how to solve problems, release their creativity, and build social skills. Our curriculum lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning.

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Choctaw Nation Early Head Start

Choctaw Nation Head Start

Katy Pruitt
Phone: 800-522-6170 Ext. 2212

Mission Statement

We hold ourselves accountable to work in collaboration with our families and communities to provide a quality program, committed to the wellness of the entire family.


See a child as they are meant to be.

The services provided by this program are very comprehensive. Five major component areas serve the needs of the children enrolled and their families: Education/Literacy, Health, Parent Involvement, Family Services and Nutrition.

Head Start is directed primarily toward economically disadvantaged families having children ages three to five years old. All nationalities are served, with preference given to Nativen American families.

Head Start is funded to serve enrolled children in 14 centers operating within the Choctaw Nation service area:

  • Antlers
  • Atoka
  • Bennington
  • Bethel
  • Broken Bow
  • Coalgate
  • Durant
  • Hugo
  • McAlester
  • Poteau
  • Stigler

The Head Start program now operates five days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at five of the centers:

  • Broken Bow
  • Durant
  • Hugo
  • McAlester
  • Wilburton
  • Idabel
  • Wright City
  • Antlers

Student School and Activity Fund (SSAF)

The Student School & Activity Fund (SSAF) offers an annual $100 grant to purchase school supplies and clothing for Choctaw students possessing a tribal membership card. The application period began July 1, 2016 and will close on May 1, 2017. Students must be enrolled at an accredited school or daycare in order to receive funds. Home school students are eligible to receive the grant. Students must be at least 3 years old at the time an application is submitted. High school seniors cannot apply after their graduation date. If your high school student is over the age of 18 at the time of application submission, please mail a paper application and attach a document verifying that your student is still enrolled in high school.

Students qualifying for the grant will receive a $100 pre-paid Visa gift card within 2-3 weeks of application. If you need assistance or have questions in regards to your student’s Visa gift card, please contact the SSAF program.

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