(ITCC) Child Care Development Fund Program (CCDF) offers direct payments/vouchers to providers on behalf of parents- based on parents’ income, co-payments may be required to cover full cost of care. ITCC CCDF makes direct payment to providers. Vouchers/payments are mailed no later than the 5th working day after receiving timesheets at the central office. ITCC offers resources on effective parenting strategies and best practices as well as cultural activities, events, and training to encourage healthy, nurturing, enriching relationships with children.
Professional Development for Child Care Providers – Providers can earn $25 and $50 stipends up to the amount of $250.00 per year to attend training. Eligible trainings are put on by the provider’s local child care resource and referral agency. Call ITCC CCDF to get the contact information for your county or go to the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network’s website at www.rrnetwork.org.
Financial Assistance and Grants for Providers
To maintain safe environments for children, ITCC CCDF will assist providers in maintaining compliance with minimum tribal child care health and safety standards. For more information see the ACF guide at: www.acf.hhs.gov
Children in need of protective custody – Children in need of protective custody (i.e. court or agency has the authority to regulate a child’s residence) are among ITCC’s highest priority for services and will be placed at the top of any waiting list.
ITCC's CCDF Eligibility Requirements
All workshops are open to the general public unless otherwise stated. ITCC will provide technical assistance to those Tribes who are administering their own CCDF program or will provide referrals and resource information. Vouchers are only available to the Tribes listed below and are based on income criteria and other conditions.
Voucher For Child Care Development Fund
Tribal Child Care Association of California (TCCAC) is an Association of child care professionals specializing in working with Native American families, children and communities. The Association focuses on the needs of tribally regulated child care and education settings, both on and off tribal lands.
The Association is comprised of individuals who work for tribal lead agencies/grantees administering the Child Care and Development Fund Program. The TCCAC has joined together to provide professional support and technical assistance to Tribes with child care programs and to unify tribal voices to educate local, state and federal agencies as to the strength and existence of tribal child care programs.
The vision of the TCCAC is to enhance government-to-government relationships among Tribes and unite for education, collaboration, communication and coordination to support high-quality, culturally relevant early care and education programs that honor Native American children, families and communities. www.tribalchildcarecalifornia.com