Chickasaw Nation Early Childhood Development and Head Start

The Chickasaw Nation Early Childhood Development is a center-based federal and tribally funded program that promotes the school readiness of children from ages three to five years. The Early Childhood Development philosophy is based on the principle that early childhood education should address children’s needs in all areas of development: physical, social, emotional and cognitive. It should provide support and assistance to all those who affect the child’s development. The child’s entire family, as well as the community, must be involved.

The Chickasaw Nation Early Childhood Development program is family-focused. The family is viewed as the most important influence in a child’s life. To meet these needs, the Early Childhood Development program offers components in education, parent/ guardian involvement, health, social services and services for children with disabilities. Through an interdisciplinary approach of all components and parent policy council group, this philosophy is reflected in every aspect of the Early Childhood Development experience. The Early Childhood Development environment will provide children the opportunity to develop to their maximum potential.

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You Provide:

  • Birth certificate
  • Immunization record
  • CDIB card (if applicable)
  • Chickasaw citizenship certificate (if applicable)
  • Parent/guardian income verification
  • Insurance card (private, Sooner Care, Medicare)

Other Information:

Although applications are accepted throughout the year, enrollment deadline for each upcoming school year is June 1.

Preference is given to Native American and low-income families, and children with disabilities.


Service Area

Chickasaw Nation Residents

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Last Updated: 05/17/2018