Welcome to the Kaw Nation

Child Care Development

Kaw Nation Child Care Development Fund

With increasing Native American populations, the Kaw Nation recognizes the need to assist families with their child care costs.

The Kaw Nation CCDF Program provides child care assistance to Native American families whose members are working or attending school.

Kaw Nation Child Care Development Fund

How to apply

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

• Member of a federally recognized tribe
• Within our service area: Kay County in Oklahoma or Cowley, Sedgwick 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
• Income does not exceed 85 percent of state median income
• Children residing in the home of applicant must be under the age of 13

Child Care Choices
• State-licensed facility
• In-home
• 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 (Thankyou)


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