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 the National Indian Child Care Association is to promote high quality culturally relevant child care and development and to unify tribes and tribal organizations by providing leadership, support and advocacy on behalf of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

Our Impact


Annual Report


Annual Report


Annual Report


Annual Report

NICCA Area Map

NICCA has been established to ensure that each area of the country has a representative. Learn which Board of Director serves each area above. Each of the NICCA areas align with ACF Regions.​















Board of Directors

NICCA is led by a Board of Directors from Tribal child care programs across the country that represents specific areas of the country. To learn more about joining the NICCA Board, click here.

Michelle Key

Chickasaw Nation

Area C / Regions VI

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas

Norm Running, Jr.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Area D / Regions VII-VIII

Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Tricia Peoples

Cherokee Nation

Area C / Regions VI

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas

Kelly Spruce

Seneca Nation

Area A / Regions I-IV

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennesee, Kentucky, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware

Sherry Rackliff

Delaware Child Development/WCCCF

Area E / Regions IX

Arizona, California, Nevada

Ruby Gurneau

Red Lake Band of

Chippewa Indians

Area B / Regions X

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin