Child Care and Development

16947 Cherokee Street Tahlequah, OK 74464


Parents and guardians applying for subsidy for the first time must complete their application in person.  Clients recertifying may submit documents by mail, email or fax to their assigned caseworker. There are 7 subsidy office locations including the Tahlequah office. 

Eligibility Guidelines:

  1. Parents/Guardians must be working, going to school, in need of protective services and/or actively participating in a structured job search for the purpose of obtaining employment. Includes: high school, college, post-graduate work, GED preparation, Vo-tech, and job skills training programs
  2. Household income must be at or below the amount listed for your family size to receive assistance paying child care expenses. See income guidelines in the downloads section below.
  3. Parent and/or child has a CDIB card or proof of tribal citizenship.
  4. Family lives within the Cherokee Nation Child Care & Development Service Area. The Cherokee Nation Child Care & Development Service Area consists of 14 counties in extreme northeastern Oklahoma.
  5. Children may not be older than 12 years of age. However, children with special needs may qualify for services up to age 19. A child with special needs is any child who has a documented medical disability that requires special care.
  6. The parent/guardian must use a child care facility or relative provider contracted with the Cherokee Nation.
  7. The parent/guardian will need to bring the documents listed on the Required Document List.

How to Apply for Subsidy:

The initial application for child care subsidy must be made in person. We have several Subsidy office locations including the Tahlequah office. Please call a caseworker near you to schedule your appointment or prior to traveling to ensure caseworkers are available to meet with you.

Clients recertifying may submit documents by mail, email or fax to their assigned caseworker.

If the parent/guardian subsidy application is approved, certification lasts for 12 months.

Documents needed to apply for child care subsidy:

Parent/guardians must complete the Required Document List for your child care subsidy application to be approved. Documents on this list include:o CDIB

  • birth certificate
  • proof of residence
  • income verification
  • school schedule (if applicable)
  • custody (if applicable)
  • Client Responsibility Form
  • Employment Verification Form

Child Care & Development Service Area

The Cherokee Nation Child Care & Development service area extends beyond the traditional boundaries of the Cherokee Nation in northeastern Oklahoma to include all portions of the fourteen counties listed below:

  • Adair
  • Cherokee
  • Craig
  • Delaware
  • Mayes
  • McIntosh
  • Muskogee
  • Nowata
  • Ottawa
  • Rogers
  • Sequoyah
  • Tulsa
  • Wagoner



  • Client Responsibility Agreement
    Client responsibility agreement for clients who are participating in the Child Care Subsidy program.
  • Employment Verification
    This application is used to submit employment verification information.
  • Income Guidelines
    Household income guidelines in order to receive assistance with paying for child care expenses.
  • Required Document List
    Required lists of documents to apply for Cherokee Nation Child Care & Development Subsidy Program assistance.
  • Subsidy Billing Orientation
    Basic billing guidelines for contract child care providers.
  • Subsidy Office Locations
    List of Child Care Subsidy office locations and contact information.