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 Choctaw Nation service area. We service Native American children under the age of 13.

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Child Care Centers

Choctaw Nation Child Care Centers are state licensed child care centers located in seven convenient locations: Bennington, Durant, Coalgate, Idabel, Poteau, Stigler, and Talihina.  We serve approximately 380 children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age.

CC 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.

Application (PDF).

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Contact Us

Choctaw Nation Early Head Start

BJ Robinson-Ellison
Phone: 800-522-6170

Choctaw Nation Head Start

Amanda Johnson
Phone: 800-522-6170

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.

Choctaw Nation Head Start & Pre-School is a comprehensive early childhood development program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Head Start is directed primarily toward economically disadvantaged families having children ages three to five years old.  All races and ethnicities are served.  However, we do have a Native American preference policy.

Head Start is funded to serve 310 children in 13 centers operating within the Choctaw Nation service area.

Centers operate from 8:30 am to 2:30pm, with extended service hours available in certain situations.  Centers are located in the following towns:

  • Antlers
  • Atoka
  • Bennington
  • Broken Bow
  • Coalgate
  • Durant
  • Hugo
  • Idabel
  • McAlester
  • Poteau
  • Stigler
  • Wilburton
  • Wright City

Chahta Pre-School is a tribally run pre-school program for three and four year olds in Battiest.

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. 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 19 or older 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 card within 2-3 weeks of application. If you need assistance or have questions in regards to your student’s Visa card, please contact the SSAF program.

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