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Operating and Managing Tribally Controlled
Childcare Centers



With more and more tribal members entering the workforce and seeking job training, the need for quality daycare on reservations continues to grow. How can you maintain a childcare center that will meet the needs of children, parents and the community and adhere to state and federal guidelines? In this class, you’ll learn all that you need to know to provide top-notch childcare.

During this two-day session, you’ll discover how to develop a culture-specific curriculum and create an atmosphere where children can learn, grow and play. Explore proven methods to create a safe and true “learnthrough- play” environment and identify ways to enhance your early childhood curriculum.

Whether you’re currently operating a daycare center or plan to open one soon, you’ll find this class a valuable source of information for improving or expanding your facility and the programs it offers. Register today.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Opening or Improving a Childcare Program
  • Establishing or affirming your goals and objectives
  • Conducting a feasibility study
  • Determining space and square footage requirements
  • Determining if your childcare center needs an oversight board
  • The opening and operational budgets (pro-forma)
  • Collaborating with your local Head Start program
  • Collaborating with your state
Funding Opportunities
  • Childcare as an economic development project
  • Identifying funding sources
  • Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
  • Head Start
  • Grants
  • Using Self-Determination funds
Interior Design: Functionality of the Facility
  • Mapping out the space
  • Accounting for age differences in attendees
  • Furnishings and equipment
  • Playgrounds
Recruiting, Hiring and Training Staff
  • Developing job descriptions
  • Administrative management
  • Staffing ratios
  • Program evaluation:
    • Methods to measure success
  • Background investigations — P.L. 101-630
  • Staff retention plans:
    • Award programs
  • First-aid training
  • Recognizing and reporting signs of child abuse
Security Issues
  • State recommendations
  • Check-in and check-out procedures
  • “Tagging”
  • Authorization forms
  • Building security
Liability Issues
  • Sovereign immunity
  • Tort claims
Educating Through Interactive Programs
  • Training staff on interactive programs
  • Ensuring physical, mental and social confidence
  • Learning by doing
  • Opening doors to development
Developing Age-Specific Lesson Plans
  • Identifying developmental stages:
    • Infants
    • Young toddlers
    • Older toddlers
    • Pre-school children
    • Kindergarten and school-age children
  • Tailoring programs to meet individual differences
  • Integrating education and physical play
  • Adding culture-specific programs
  • Role of tribal elders in childcare operations
Communicating with Parents
  • Easing anxiety
  • Creating a friendly environment
  • Using mailboxes or bulletin boards to relay information
  • Dealing with bad behavior:
    • Parent-teacher conferences
  • Parental visitation during the day
  • Using web cams
  • Providing supplies:
    • Food and snacks
    • Wipes
    • Art supplies, etc.
  • Volunteering and fund-raising
  • Payment plans
Health and Safety
  • Sanitation
  • Hand washing recommendations
  • Caring for ill children
  • Supervising children
  • Avoiding toxic substances
  • Immunizations
  • Distributing medication
Planning Nutritious Meals
  • Brown bag vs. full-meal package
  • USDA program
  • Daily menu requirements
  • Planning meals around allergies
Transportation
  • Field trips:
    • Permission slips
  • Maintaining child-to-caregiver ratios
  • Transporting “forgotten” children
  • Safety
  • Routine inspection of vehicles
Emergency Plans
  • Fire drills
  • Natural disasters
  • Evacuation
  • Sick or injured children
  • Lost children
  • Notifying parents
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