Chickasaw Nation Child Development Centers

Chickasaw Nation Residents
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Students develop healthy interaction skills in learning environments that encourage discovery through play. Child development centers provide a positive, nurturing environment led by highly trained teachers and staff focused on overall development.

Children must be 6 weeks to 4 years of age to enroll. Admission depends on center capacity.

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  • Children six weeks to four years of age can enroll
  • Preference for admission will be given to:
    1. Chickasaw citizens
    2. Children in foster care
    3. Children in protective services
    4. Children who are mentally or physically challenged
    5. Children who are assisted through low income/assistance programs
    6. Native American children
  • Admission depends on center capacity.
You Provide
  • Immunization records
  • CDIB for the child
  • Citizenship certificate
  • Completed application
  • State birth certificate
Online Application


(580) 272-5398
(580) 272-2735


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Program Details

This program provides long-term positive differences in the lives of children by focusing on the total development of the child. The Chickasaw Nation Child Development Centers are year-round facilities that provide child care and education in secure environments. The centers operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The centers are closed on holidays observed by the Chickasaw Nation. Prior notification will be given in the event of other closings.

The centers provide a positive, nurturing environment led by highly trained teachers and staff. Daily curriculum provides components focused on a child’s development and well-being. Children develop healthy interaction skills in learning environments that encourage discovery through play. Health and wellness are incorporated into our programs through nutrition, physical activity, rest and early detection screenings for hearing, vision, dental and development. Teachers partner with parents and caregivers to lead children through their earliest milestones.

Tuition fees are associated with center enrollment. Child care assistance is available for qualified applicants.

Information concerning emergency closings due to inclement weather can be obtained by calling (580) 436-7223.

Mission: To focus on children's total growth and development.

Other Information

Child Care Assistance Program
The child care assistance program provides child care assistance to eligible Native American families who live within the Chickasaw Nation service area. To learn more about this program, visit our service page.

Sick Child Care Program
Promoting the health, safety and well-being of mildly ill children, the child care facility cares for students who have contracted certain health issues. A registered nurse is on staff at all times. Classrooms are categorized by illness to minimize the spread of contagions. Students are accepted into the facility on a first come, first served basis after a health assessment by the facility nurse. Visit the sick child care web page for more information.

Car Seat Safety Program
This program provides free inspections of child passenger seats and parent education regarding proper fit of car seats, laws and regulations and vehicle safety.

Car seat checks are performed by certified passenger safety technicians by appointment and during scheduled community events. To learn more about this program, visit our service page.

Early Intervention Program
Chickasaw Nation Child Development Centers provide early intervention staff who can evaluate and assist with targeted services for children who have developmental delays, learning and attention considerations or health conditions. Visit with child development center staff if you think your child could benefit from early intervention services.

Resource and Referral Program
The Chickasaw Child Development Center offers a resource and referral program for those interested in information on becoming child care providers. The program has a lending library of material related to the growth and development of early childhood. Annual training opportunities are available to assist with child care provider certifications.

Hofanti Chokma “to grow well”
Identifying ways to make early childhood development a positive experience, Hofanti Chokma (“to grow well”) collaborates with programs, communities and families who serve children to support developmental and social-emotional well-being through a number of activities including workshops, parenting groups and more. Visit their service page here.

The Chickasaw Nation Division of Education announces its participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). All participants in attendance are served meals at no extra charge to the parents. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.