Tribal Child Care Capacity Building Center

The Tribal Child Care Capacity Building Center, a service of the Office of Child Care, supports Tribal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) grantees in meeting the requirements of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 and the 2016 CCDF Final Rule and to meet their goals to enhance the quality, affordability, and availability of child care in their Tribal communities. Universal, targeted, and intensive training and technical assistance services, including resource development, assist more than 539 Federally recognized Tribes, either directly or through Tribal consortia. The Tribal Child Care Capacity Building Center team is ready to work closely with Tribal CCDF grantees in their efforts to increase child care provider payment rates that align with the cost of operating a quality program, increase wages for child care staff, and improve child care supply in low-income areas. For Tribal Lead Agencies, the Tribal Child Care Capacity Building Center team provides technical assistance that respects, honors, retains, and builds on individual Tribal cultural identities and existing practices across all programs. To request training and technical assistance, reach out to your assigned Office of Child Care Regional Office to be connected to your Tribal Technical Assistance Specialist. Feel free to explore the resources available on our website. We look forward to serving Tribal CCDF grantees.

Telling Tribal Story The Telling the Tribal Story series highlights how two Tribal CCDF Lead Agencies stabilized the child care sector with American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Stabilization funds. The COVID-19 pandemic brought the importance of child care services and their vital role in supporting children's well-being and development to the forefront. The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria and Turtle Mountain Tribal Lead Agencies emerged as exemplary models in stabilizing the child care sector within their respective communities. Their strategic investments and support were pivotal in stabilizing the child care market, ensuring that quality care and early learning opportunities remained accessible to their Tribal communities.

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TCBC’s Resource Bulletin

This quarterly update provides key information on critical topics to support Tribal Lead Agencies in meeting CCDF final rule requirements.

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Tribal New CCDF Administrators’ Training Resources

Resources that offer a gradual learning experience focused on essential requirements, knowledge, and skills for new CCDF Administrators.

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Tribal Technical Assistance Resources on the ARP Act

This page offers key resources and guidance provided by the Office of Child Care on the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.

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FY 2023–2025 Tribal CCDF Plan Preprint Resources

Key CCDF resources to assist in the development of the FY 2023–2025 Tribal CCDF Plan separated by each section of the Plan.

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The Fiscal On-Demand Sessions for Tribal Lead Agencies, available 24/7 at any time you wish to watch the session, are designed to increase understanding of key fiscal management topics related to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program.

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Tribal Construction and Major Renovation Resources

Approved CCDF funds can give Tribes an opportunity to include child-focused and culturally appropriate elements into construction or major renovation design.

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Tribal Disaster Preparedness Resources

These sessions support Tribal Lead Agencies in navigating disaster planning.

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Tribal Health and Safety Standards, Training, and Monitoring

These sessions engage Tribal Lead Agencies in a gradual learning experience focused on the health and safety requirements, specifically standards, training, and monitoring, to develop an effective and approvable CCDF Plan.

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Minimum Health and Safety Standards: A Guide for Tribal CCDF Grantees

This health and safety guide provides a voluntary baseline for healthy and safe operations of child care homes and centers serving tribal CCDF-eligible families.

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Topical Resource Pages

These topical pages provide resources from the Tribal Child Care Capacity Building Center for Tribal grantees.  Each page focuses on a major component of the CCDF funal rule.

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Tribal Early Learning Initiative 

The Tribal Early Learning Initiative is a partnership between Tribal communities and ACF that is designed to help Tribes create and implement their own unique version of an early childhood system.