The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is the primary federal funding source dedicated to providing child care assistance to families with low-incomes. As a block grant, CCDF gives funding to states, territories, and tribes to provide child care subsidies through vouchers or certificates to families with low incomes, and grants and contracts with providers in some states. CCDF provides access to child care services for working families with low incomes, so parents can work, attend school, or enroll in training. Additionally, CCDF promotes the healthy development of children by improving the quality of early learning and school-age experiences for both subsidized and unsubsidized children. Within the federal regulations, lead agencies administering CCDF decide how to administer the CCDF subsidy programs. States determine payment rates for child care providers, copayment amounts for families, specific eligibility requirements, and have some flexibilities on how to prioritize CCDF services.
This report summarizes the experiences and insights of the first two cohorts of Tribal Home Visiting Program grantees. It provides (1) the methods by which information for the report was collected and synthesized; (2) a description of the 19 grantees; (3) detailed information on the Tribal home visiting approach; and (4) examples of how Tribal Home Visiting Programs have supported improvements in local early childhood systems. The last section of the report highlights key findings, lessons learned, and other insights that can help inform future efforts in Tribal home visiting.
This brief—based on interviews with eight Tribal MIECHV grantees1 —will (1) discuss the importance of cultural enrichments of evidence-based home visiting models; (2) highlight three different approaches Tribal MIECHV grantees have pursued to shape programs to best reflect their communities; and (3) offer guidance for programs that are searching for a way to best fit home visiting within the cultural context of their communities. The brief discusses ways that grantees have approached cultural enrichment in the first 5 years of the Tribal MIECHV program.
This issue brief summarizes the experiences and wisdom of seven Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (Tribal MIECHV, or Tribal Home Visiting) grantees serving urban Indians.1 It reviews the history of AIAN relocation to urban areas and provides examples of some of the challenges and innovations for meeting the needs of AIAN families in urban areas. These include: (1) helping families ease feelings of isolation by supporting connections to peers and elders; (2) empowering families by leveraging tribal diversity; (3) being flexible in responding to family mobility; and (4) supporting families to access safety-net supports.