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Department for Child Care and Development

Mission Statement:

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program’s primary mission to provide quality child care to the Navajo communities.   The purpose of providing child care is to ensure that the family can become self-sufficient through employment or becoming employable in the near future.   This can be done by employment, job training or through higher education.  This is accomplished through the tribal child care centers or private providers.

Overview of CCDF:

CCDF has four components; they are the administrative, casework, tribal child care centers and the maintenance unit.    The administrative unit is composed of Accounting, Human Resources, Monitoring, and Information Technology.  The administrative unit is responsible for ensuring that the other components have the needed resources to accomplish their work.

When an individual requests child care, the individual is referred to Casework Unit.    The individual will then fill out an application and provide other required documents such CIB, birth certificate, income statements, etc.  When  the required information is provided, the caseworker will determine whether that individual is eligible or not.   If the individual is determined eligible, he/she will determine what type of child care will be provided.   Parents have the option of choosing the tribal child care centers or utilizing private providers.  Casework Unit does certify individuals to become child care providers; those providers are subsidized by CCDF.    There are five Casework Units Office; their office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.