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 New Director

LaVina Spoted Bear-ClarkLaVina Spoted Bear-Clark
CCDF Program Director

Ha’we my name is LaVina Spotted Bear-Clark, I’m an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, Pawhuska District (Steele family), I am also from the Ponca tribe,(Roy and Walking Sky families), Oglala Sioux (Spotted Bear family) and Kaw Tribe (Pepper family). I am a War Mother, my son Jeremy Spotted Bear has had 2 tours, a lady singer and I love to participate in our Osage Ceremonial dances in June. My youngest son, Cory Spotted Bear is the Kaw Drumkeeper, my tribal traditions has been very important to me and I have tried to install them in my sons and grandchildren. My middle son is Robert Spotted Bear and he has 7 of my grandbabies and 1 on the way. I also have a daughter Tomasita Little Crow, who is a cook and another son Francis Mendia who sings with his dad, my husband James (Jasper) Clark.

I have worked with Federal grants for the past 15 years and have managed over a million dollars in grants with much success, I started working for the Kaw Nation in September 2016 as the Indian Child Welfare Caseworker and just recently been blessed with the CCDF Director position starting May 22, 2017. My first month has been a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to the years to come and love working with our little blessings, I love seeing their faces light up when they come thru the door and receive their hugs.



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