Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)

The CCDF Program location and contact information has recently changed as of April 2023. Please see new information below:

Quapaw CCDF Program

April 20, 2023 Synopsis



The CCDF program was asked to help with a Johnson O’Malley event on April 12, 2023, at the Quapaw Schools. We taught about playing Indian Dice and helped making corn husk dolls. 

The CCDF Program staff along with other tribal programs sponsored events for “Week of the Young Child” held April 13-April 18, 2023. April 17 and April 18, we had “Buckets & Boards” present 4 shows at the Coleman Theater for a total of 1,729 children from pre-k up to 5th grade. On April 20, we hosted a “Fun Fest” at the Miami Civic Center for 190 children for infants to -5 years old. Then on April 21 we ended the events with a Petting Zoo at the NEO Equine Center with a total of 600 young children attending.   

April 28 and April 29, 2023, we hosted our first ever CCDF conference for 170 childcare providers at the Wyandotte Nation River Bend Casino. We called the event “Re-energize and Revive” due to the fact COVID stopped us from having childcare provider training and our annual provider banquet. To show our appreciation for all the childcare providers, the first evening we had a banquet with a comedian and DJ. Then the next day we had a provider training so that providers could get their required training hours. We paid for their one-night stay at either River Bend Casino or Indigo Sky.   

May 19th, 2023 we are helping host the Native Youth Spring Powwow at the Quapaw Wellness Center. June 5th-9th we will help host Camp Quapaw. June 17th we will be hosting another childcare provider training with the “Ooey-Gooey Lady” -Lisa Murphy.

Childcare Facility Type Subsidized by CCDF - March Numbers
Program Total Kids163
Center Total48

Quapaw Tribe Centers
 Number of Kids Subsidized by CCDF - March Numbers
O-Gah-Pah Learning Center40
Downstream Learning Center17


 The CCDF Program goal is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality for child care in the Quapaw Nation service area. The Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Program assist eligible Native American families with the cost of child care. The program offers child care trainings to eligible child care providers and may provide grants to child care facilities to help improve their quality of care. We also have a referral program to assist parents with locating a child care facility.


 Applicants, working, enrolled in educational program, job-training program, need to be or are receiving protective services, respite care, teen parents, or homeless; Must meet the definition of an “Indian Child” ages newborn to 12 years old; or 13-18 years old who are physically and/or mentally incapable of self-care ; or 13-18 years who are under court supervision; must meet income guidelines; and applicants must also live in one of the counties in the below service area.

Service Area Counties by State

OKLAHOMA - Adair Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington
 MISSOURI - Barry, Barton, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Stone, Vernon
 ARKANSAS - Benton, Carrol, Crawford, Franklin, Madison, Washington
 KANSAS - Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson.

   * “Indian Child” Definition: Any child who is enrolled or eligible for enrollment in any federally recognized tribe is an Indian  or who is in the legal custody or is residing with an enrolled Indian Citizen or a person who is eligible to enroll in a federally recognized tribe or who has a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card. *This definition pertains to only the Quapaw Nation CCDF Program.

 Applicants may download the application that includes a checklist of documents requirements that must be submitted for approval by the CCDF Staff.
  Applications can be faxed, scanned, emailed or hand delivered.  Please do not hesitate to call the CCDF Staff for more information.

 Submit applications to:

Mail:  Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)
           P.O. Box 765
           Quapaw, OK 

Fax:     918-674-5720
EmailEMail Quapaw CCDF

 Types of child care settings (must be within our service area)

  • State Licensed child care centers                                               
  • State Contracted Tribal Centers                                                  
  • Early Head Start Programs (State Licensed)                          
  • Faith-based settings (state licensed)                                        
  • In-Home Providers                                                                          
  • Pre-Kindergarten or Preschool (state licensed)
  • Relative Care (State Licensed/contracted)
  • State Licensed family child care homes
  • Tribally operated programs 
  • Head Start Programs (State Licensed)
  • Programs on military base 
  • State Licensed School Age Programs

Number of Kids

Number of Kids

  1. JoOuita Smith

    CCDF Director
    Phone: +1 (918) 238-3120 ext. 3120

  2. Laura Johnston

    Resource and Referral Assistant
    Phone: +1 (918) 238-3120 ext 6095

  3. Donna Mack

    Monitoring Assistant
    Phone: (918) 238-3120 ext. 6096

  4. CCDF

    Physical Address
    304 Main Street
    Quapaw, OK 74363


    Fax: +1 9186745720


    Monday through Thursday

    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.