Tribal Maternal Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs

Chahta Vlla Apela (Tribal Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting)

Established in September 2012, Chahta Vlla Apela provides early childhood development services to Native American pregnant and women of children age 0-5 who resides with Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Haskell, Hughes and Pittsburgh counties.  The overall goal of Project Chahta Vlla Apela is to improve maternal and infant health, parenting skills, school-readiness of children.  Also to provide parents the information, encouragement, and support they need to help their children develop during the early years of life.  Home Visitors utilize the Parents as Teachers curriculum to provide development and Parenting information. In addition, assessments such as the Keys to Interactive Parenting and Ages and Stages Questionnaires are used to monitor the growth and development of the parent and child.

 

To be eligible for services, the client must:

·         Reside within Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Haskell, Hughes and Pittsburgh counties

·         Native American children age 0-5 residing in the home

·         Determined to living in an “at risk” situation.

 

Senior Director Angela Dancer

Phone # 580-326-8304

angelad@choctawnation.com

 

Director Barbara Moffitt

Phone # 580-326-8304

Bmoffitt@choctawnation.com

 

Anna Hamilton, Home Visiting Specialist

Phone # 580-326-8304

 

Danielle Hill, Home Visiting Specialist

Phone # 580-326-8304

 

Sequina Hunter, Home Visiting Specialist

Phone # 580-326-8304

 

Funding made available through a grant with the Department of Health and Human Services Administration of Children and Families.

 

Chahta Inchukka, Tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation

                The Chahta Inchukka is a home based visitation program for a parent expecting a baby or parenting a child under the age of one.  Participants must live within the Choctaw Nation service counties of Choctaw, Latimer, LeFlore, McCurtain, Pushmataha county service area of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.  Enrolling participants or baby/unborn child must be a member of a federally recognized tribe. In addition, each family must meet at least one federally mandated risk categories to be eligible for services.  We believe parents are the first and most influential teachers in a child’s life. Our goal is to provide parents the information, encouragement, and support they need to help their children develop  during the early years of life.  Home Visitors utilize the Parents as Teachers curriculum to provide development and parenting information.  In addition, other assessments such as the Keys to Interactive Parenting and Ages and Stages Questionnaires are used to monitor the growth and development of the parent and child. 

Brandi Smallwood – Director

(580)326-8304 ext. 6029

bsmallwood@choctawnation.com

 

Home Visiting Specialists:

Jessica Allred – Choctaw County

 (580) 317-5343

jallred@choctawnation.com

 

Lacey Carpino – Choctaw and Pushmataha Counties

(580)775-0666

lcarpino@choctawnation.com 

 

Tammie Swearingen– Latimer and LeFlore Counties

(580)775-0537

tswearingen@choctawnation.com 

 

Hope Tom– McCurtain County

(580)372-5732

htom@choctawnation.com