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Child Care Assistance

ELIGIBILITY

To participate in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s child care assistance program parent(s) must either be working, training or enrolled in an education program.

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation serves all Muscogee (Creek) and other Native American families that reside within our eleven-county boundaries.   We also serve all Muscogee (Creek) families within 100 miles near the eleven-county boundary of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has an active Muscogee (Creek) community in the Oklahoma City area and services are provided to that area.

To apply for assistance parent(s) must submit a completed application with the following:

  1. Current one-full month pay stubs and Income Verification
  2. Current class schedule list the days and hours of attendance with financial aid or Bursar’s Student Account for each parent.
  3. Submit all household income received.
  4. Proof of residence (utility bill or lease agreement).
  5. Copy of children’s Birth Certificate and Citizenship or CDIB cards.
  6. Copy of the child’s current Immunizations (Shot Records).
  7. Oklahoma DHS, other Tribal Child Care Assistance Program or Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Town Closure Letter if the child has received child care assistance from other programs.

Child Care Assistance applications are accepted by faxes, e-mails, office visit, USPS or e-form. Documentation can be accepted by fax, e-mail, office visit or USPS.

CERTIFICATE SYSTEM

The Office of Child Care operates a certificate program. Parent(s) may choose a state licensed day care center; state family day care home; tribal registered child care provider; or select a family member or friend over the age of 18 that meet the registration requirements of the child care program. Child care cannot be provided in the child’s home. (For a listing of tribal registered child care providers contact the Resource & Referral Unit).

Parents are approved for a 12-month Eligibility Period. Parents will be assessed a monthly family share co-payment to be paid to the child care provider. The co-payment is determined by the monthly household income and the number of persons residing in the household and is not based on child care usage.

When the child is approved for child care assistance the Child Care Assistance Caseworker will mail or email an Approval Letter to the parent(s) and the child care provider. Certificates and Attendance Records will be mailed to the child care provider after Licensing & Monitoring have approved the child care provider.

Parent(s) will receive a Re-Certification Letter in the 10th month of their 12-Month Eligibility Period requesting their annual update documentation. The documentation is due by the 10th day of the 11th month even though the child care assistance expires the last day of the 12th month.

Parent(s) are responsible for reporting within 10 working days and submitting within 30 working days any changes in any household information that can affect child care assistance.

JOB SEARCH

Child care assistance can be provided for parent(s) searching for employment. An application must be complete and approved. Parent(s) do not have to register with the Workforce Oklahoma but must submit their unemployment benefit. Parent(s) may contact the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Employment and Training program.

FOSTER CHILDREN

Child care assistance can be provided for foster children in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation custody. The foster parents must contact the Office of Child Care for an application and to eligible the foster parents must either be working, training or enrolled in an education program.

PROVIDER PAYMENTS

PROVIDER PAYMENTS

Payment is made directly to the child care provider. Income received by the child care provider will be reported to the IRS. Claims for the certificates must be submitted within 10 working days of the last date of service or will not be process for payment. Assistance paid for by the Office of Child Care cannot be used for any tax credit by the parent(s).

For more information regarding child care assistance or to request an application contact one of the following staff:

Jo Ahtone – Child Care Assistance Supervisor – jahtone@mcn-nsn.gov 918-732-7658

Cynthia Watashe – Child Care Assistance Caseworker – cwatashe@mcn-nsn.gov 918-732-7671

Katie Hooks – Child Care Assistance Caseworker – khooks@mcn-nsn.gov 918-732-7686

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