Welcome to NICCA

The National Indian Child Care Association is a representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the 266 tribal CCDF grantees that represent Tribal communities across the nation. Tribal child care and early childhood programs work hard to provide our children, families, and communities with high quality child care services all across Indian Country.

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Children are the future of our Tribal Nations. Through advocacy and education, NICCA seeks to ensure high-quality child care and early childhood programs for Tribal children across the nation while promoting Tribal sovereignty and self-determination.


NICCA holds a bi-annual conference to bring together leaders in Tribal child care. The 20th Anniversary NICCA conference was held in Denver, Colorado, in September 2013. Visit the 2013 Conference Site to access presentations and handouts.


NICCA functions fully by support from our members - Tribes, Tribal members, and our friends and partners advocating on behalf of the children of Indian Country. Support NICCA's efforts by becoming a member, following us on Facebook, or donating to our efforts.

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Child care is an important support service to assist Indian families in becoming self sufficient through education, training, and employment. Child care is an important component of economic development planning in Tribal communities.  Jobs that are created cannot be filled without the support of child care services. The risk factors in Tribal communities for children such as poverty, low birth weight, unemployment, and the educational attainment of mother contribute to the need for investment in quality child care.  Below sets forth four major goals for reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Fund which have been adopted by the Association.

For the most current information on legislation go to http://thomas.loc.govShow your support for Tribal child care by contacting your Congressional leaders and advocating for policies that improve the well-being of Tribal children.

Policy Recommendations

NICCA supports the following policy recommendations that promote high-quality services:

Recommendation #1
Tribes must continue to receive direct funding from the federal government for child care services.


Recommendation #3
Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations should develop minimum Health and Safety Standards to be implemented by Tribal programs.

Recommendation #2
The number of Tribal child care programs receiving funding through the Child Care and Development Fund has increased. The percent of set aside for Tribes is currently two percent of the funding for the CCDF and has remained the same although services rendered by Tribal child care programs have significantly increased. Increased funding to a five percent set-aside to Tribes is necessary to meet the child care needs of Tribal citizens.

Recommendation #4
Tribes are sovereign governments and should have direct access to administer the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) through the funds made available to State Agencies. The Department of Agriculture should establish a taskforce to review and make recommendatoins regarding the implementation of CACFP in Indian Communities.



The NICCA resources and partners list offers an array of resources to support and inform Tribal leaders, social services administrators, and citizens, and to educate the general public and media. The list attempts to connect leaders in early child care with the latest and most relevant information on American Indian and Alaska Native policy matters.

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NICCA holds bi-annual conferences that bring together child care leaders and program staff to network and share ideas and lessons learned on how to improve child care services and delivery for Tribal children at the local, Tribal, and Federal level.

Upcoming Conferences

The next NICCA conference will be held in 2015. The date and location have yet to be determined. Please check back to learn more.

The 2013 Bi-Annual Conference

The 20th Anniversary Conference, “Telling the Story for Tribal Children: Celebrating 20 Years of NICCA” was held in Denver, Colorado, on August 26-29, 2013. At the conference, experts shared their knowledge and experiences on issues such as bullying, leadership, advocacy, nutrition/gardening, building relationships, and creating partnerships. Visit the 2013 Conference Site for presentations and resources provided at the conference.


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Special Guests at the 2013 Bi-Annual Conference

Linda Smith
Deputy Assistant Secretary and
Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Barbara Coloroso
Barbara Coloroso
Author and Internationally Recognized Speaker


Past Conferences

2011 Bi-Annual Conference

August 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada

Children are our Future:
This Is Where It All Starts

June 2009
Cherokee Casino Resort
Catoosa, Oklahoma

Spirit of Leadership
August 2007
Mohegan Sun Resort
Uncasville, Connecticut


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NICCA is a membership-driven organization. Our membership is a representation of the nations, villages, communities, and individuals working on behalf of children throughout Indian Country. The organization engages in both legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of its membership and strives to ensure that all member tribes and individuals are informed and educated about all such issues affecting the child care of Tribal children.



Become a Member

To join NICCA, simply click the button, fill out the membership form, and mail to the address listed on the form.

Follow NICCA

Get up-to-the-minute news on what NICCA is doing and what is happening in chid care and early childhood by following us on Facebook.

Donate to NICCA

Support NICCA by donating to our general fund. Your donation will be used in our education, training, and advocacy efforts to address the needs of Tribal children. Make a tax deductible donation online today!





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About Us

The National Indian Child Care Association is the recognized representative body of the Tribal Child Care and Development Fund Grantees.  The Association was developed in 1993 to provide information, support, coordination, and advocacy for Tribal child care.  Two hundred sixty Tribes and Tribal organizations received Child Care and Development Funds in FY 2008. The Child Care and Development Block Grant is the single largest program authorized under the Personal Responsibilities and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) affecting Tribal governments.  Participation in the Child Care and Development Fund allows Tribal governments the opportunity to design, implement, and support programs which are beneficial to the unique needs of our Tribal citizens.  

Our Mission

The mission of National Indian Child Care Association is to unify tribes and tribal organizations to promote high quality culturally relevant child care and development. National Indian Child Care Association will provide leadership, support, and communication on behalf of Native American children, families, and communities. KidsOnBranch

Our Board of Directors

NICCA is led by a Board of Directors from Tribal child care programs across the country. Click here for map of the NICCA Regional Areas for the Board of Directors.

Area A: Federal Region I-IV

Area B: Federal Region V
Barb Fabre, Chairperson
White Earth Reservation, Minnesota
218-983-3285 ext. 1407

Area C: Federal Region VI
Eloise Locust, Treasurer
Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma

Area C: Federal Region VI
Michelle Powers-Key
Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma
580-421-7711 ext. 60507

Area C: Federal Region VI
Sherry Rackliff
Delaware Child Development, Oklahoma

Area D: Federal Region VII

Area E: Federal Region IX
Kim Nall, Secretary
Colusa Indian Community, California

Area E: Federal Region IX
Michael Tinsley
Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada

Area F: Federal Region X
Dion Wood
Karuk Tribe, California

Area F: Federal Region HI
Lani Kaleikini
Keiki O Ka 'Aina Family Learning Centers, Hawaii

Area G: Federal Region AK
Linda Resoff
Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak, Alaska

Area G: Federal Region AK
Racheluz Tooyak
Arctic Slope Native Assocation, Ltd.


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Contact Us

Contact us by email or through Facebook with any questions about NICCA membership or the work that NICCA does. We look forward to hearing from you!



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