Welcome to the Kaw Nation

Child Care Development

Kaw Nation Child Care Development (CCD)

With increasing Native American Populations, the Kaw Nation recognizes the need to assist families with their childcare costs.

The Kaw Nation Subsidy Program provides childcare assistance to Native American Families whose members are working or attending school.

Child Care Development

How to apply

A tribal family may apply for a subsidy given that they qualify under the following:

  • Member of a federally recognized tribe (child must have or be in the process of receiving CDIB)
  • Within our service area: Kay County in Oklahoma or Cowley, Sedgewick, or Sumner County in Kansas
  • Currently employed or seeking employment
  • Currently enrolled in job training
  • Currently enrolled in school and/or education program
  • Receiving protective services


  • Tribal membership of child
  • Income does not exceed 85 percent of state median income
  • Children on the subsidy program must be under the age of 13

*A file must be created for the child at the Kanza Human Development Division before we are able to approve a child for subsidy.  Please contact the Kanza Human Development Division at 580-749-5420.  Address 400 E. Central Ave. Ste. 206 Ponca City, OK 74601.

Child Care Choices

  • State-licensed facility
  • In-home (for children with special needs and/or medical conditions)
  • Family home-care provided by one caregiver in a private residence other than the child’s home
  • Group home-care provided by more than one caregiver in a private residence other than the child’s home

Meet Our Director

Kelli Barton

Hawé, my name is Kelli Barton.  I am a mother to a beautiful little girl; family is very important to me.  I attend church in Kaw City and that is a very important part of my life.  I have an Associate of Arts and an Associate in Child Development.  I have worked with children since 2014; I worked as a Head Start teacher for four years before continuing my journey as a toddler teacher with Kanza Child Care.

I love creating a safe and fun learning environment for our children.  My favorite thing is to watch as a child learns new skills and to watch as they grow.  I have enjoyed forming a bond with each of the children and I extend that into my role as Director.

I have been blessed with the role of Director since January 2020.  I look forward to working with our Native families to provide them with quality child-care assistance and with our providers to continuously improve the quality of care that is offered.

Meet Our Child Care Manager

Kimberly Jumper-Brown
Child Care Manager

Osiyo (Hello), My name is Kimberly Jumper-Brown. I am full-blood Keetoowah Cherokee and from the Long hair clan. I am the mother of four grown children and the grandmother to three beautiful granddaughters.

I received my bachelor’s degree in early childhood development and Education from Bacone College in Muskogee Oklahoma. I have twenty-three years’ experience in the Early Childhood field. My philosophy is “When we inspire a child’s creative thinking the world has endless possibilities”

I am honored to be apart of the KANZA Human Development Division Department leading the Early Child Care Department. I am looking forward to my future with the KAW Nation. Wado (Thank you)

Meet Our Contact Representative

Christina Sprueill
Contact Representative

Hello, my name is Christina Sprueill. I have a CDA, and I have worked with children since 2014. I worked as an Early Head Start teacher for four years before continuing my journey as a preschool teacher with Kanza Child Care.

I have been married to the love of my life since 1996 and am a stepmom to a son and daughter. I also have two grandchildren and a daughter-in-law. I am a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Kaw City and enjoy being their music leader. My faith is a big part of my life. I enjoy spending time with my husband and my best friend and her daughter.

My hope is to expand our subsidy program in Kansas and establish relationships with more providers. My goal is to provide support to providers in their aspirations to provide quality childcare and to aid Native families in their search for childcare.

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