On November 19, 2014, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 was signed into law (PL 133-186). The law reauthorized and revised the purposes of the CCDF program and requirements. In September 2016, the CCDF Final Rule was released which outlined the regulatory requirements for CCDF programs based on the CCDBG Act of 2014. The CCDF requirements strengthen the requirements to protect the health and safety of children in child care; help parents make informed consumer choices and access information to support child development; provide equal access to stable child care for low-income children; and enhance the quality of child care and early childhood workforce. The full regulations are listed in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations at 45 C.F.R. Part 98 and 99.
The Klamath Tribes’ Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program function is to provide a subsidy to low-income Klamath Tribal families and other federally-recognized Native American families who need child care assistance. The CCDF program also works to support children’s learning by improving the quality of early care and education programs.
The CCDF program supports Klamath Tribal and other Native American families by ensuring they have access to quality and stable child care within the service area of Klamath County. There are two components of the CCDF program: (1) Child Care Subsidy (Certificate), and (2) Operation of a child care center (Klamath Tribes Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC)).
The Klamath Tribes Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) is a tribal early learning facility located in Chiloquin, Oregon for children aged 0-5 years old. It currently houses two (2) prekindergarten classrooms and one (1) infant/toddler classroom. One of the prekindergarten classrooms focuses on tribal culture and language. The three classrooms could house up to 28 children total. Currently the enrollment is at 16 children in the Center. There are also Child Care Providers serving families outside of the Center. Meals and snacks are provided but transportation is not provided. The majority of the funds used to operate the Center comes from grants.