In 2011 Community Development Institute was awarded management of the National Center on Tribal Child Care Implementation and Innovation (referred to as the National Tribal Center or NTC). NTC was created by the U.S. Office of Child Care to assist tribal grantees in administering and implementing Child Care Development Fund programs.

One of OCC’s priorities is supporting states, tribes, and territories in designing child care subsidy programs that are child-focused and family friendly, as well as fair to providers. These programs serve children birth through age 12 across all sectors of the early childhood and school age field. Our role is to support OCC by integrating child development goals and family self-sufficiency goals to promote increased stability and higher quality services that lead to improved child and family outcomes.

CDI was selected to serve as the National Tribal Center due to our staff’s extensive knowledge and experience in tribal child care and other tribal programs that support children and families, including Head Start, Indian Education, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, child support enforcement, and Native Employment Works.

What We Do

    Through the National Tribal Center, we help Indian tribes and tribal organizations enhance the quality, affordability and availability of child care by:

  • Providing information and technical assistance to tribal Child Care Development Fund lead agencies via on-site visits, distance learning and a variety of other methods
  • Developing and disseminating information and technical assistance materials
  • Sharing innovative policies and promising practices
  • Coordinating, planning and supporting national and regional tribal child care meetings, institutes and technical assistance events
  • Partnering with the Office of Child Care’s Child Care Technical Assistance Network and other agencies