National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development

The National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development assists Tribal grantees with the administration and implementation of Child Care and Development Fund programs. The Center's activities, expertise, and resources support Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations in their efforts to increase the quality, affordability, and availability of child care in Native American communities.

Targeted technical assistance services support more than 539 Federally recognized Tribes, either directly or through Tribal consortia. These services include a toll-free information and referral line, development and dissemination of information and technical assistance materials, a peer learning and leadership network, national and regional webinars and other in-person and distance-learning technical assistance events, onsite and remote consultations with program administrators, and promotion of Tribal-State collaboration and linkages between states, Tribes, and local early childhood and school-age care education programs.


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Key CCDF resources, contact lists, regulations, program instructions, and guidance. Topics include CCDF administration, financial management, and reporting.

Five resource pages, each on a key topic area for AI/AN CCDF grantees: consumer education, coordination, health and safety, quality improvement, and subsidy eligibility and equal access.

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.

Understanding and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 in Tribal CCDF Programs Webinar Series

This three-part webinar series on Understanding and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 in Tribal CCDF Programs is being held by the Office of Child Care to understand the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Tribal communities.

Office Hours for Tribal CCDF Lead Agencies

NCTECD’s office hours series consists of eight facilitated virtual sessions that were organized around immediate TA topics requested by Tribal Lead Agencies.


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.

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.

These sessions support Tribal Lead Agencies in navigating disaster planning.

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