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Child Care & Development Program

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Child Care & Development Program

The Child Care & Development Program (CCDP) is a federally funded program that provides child care assistance to enrolled Native American and Alaskan Indian families. CCDP values family, culture, quality resources, and ethics. We take pride in the services offered and the work we do.

The commitment of the CCDP is to provide child care resources that allow access to high-quality services, school readiness and provides financial support for Native American and Alaskan Indian families. Providers are held to the highest standards in health and safety requirements and are provided access to educational resources and opportunities to best meet the needs of our children.

Eligibility Requirements
Proof must be provided of all requirements (see application checklist for more details)

  1. One of these people must be enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe or have a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB);
    • Child
    • Parent
    • Grandparent
    • Guardian (court-ordered or temporary)
  2. Children ages; 4 weeks up to 13 years
  3. Living in one of the following counties; Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, or Skamania
  4. Income requirements for CCDP have been waived. Copays will be based on the family’s NET income (take-home pay after taxes.)
Frequently asked questions

About CCDP?


Provider Types:

  1. Licensed Child Care Center – Must follow Washington State standards
  2. Relative Provider – Sibling 18+ (cannot live in the home), Grandparent, Aunt, or Uncle
  3. Non-Relative Provider – Care must be provided in the child’s home (this includes extended family)

All non-licensed providers must pass; background checks, FBI fingerprints, in-home visits & home safety checks. Training is required and focuses on child development, child abuse prevention, and reporting, CPR/First Aid, choking prevention, shaken baby syndrome prevention, and safe sleep.

Your family may be required to pay a monthly copay to your provider, see details below:

Cowlitz Indian Tribe: Categorical Eligibility Childcare Sliding Fee Scale

The Tribal Median Income used by Cowlitz Indian Tribe can be found by clicking here.                  Effective Date: March 1, 2021

Print out and complete the packet information below. If you do not have access to a printer, we are happy to provide an application for you.

Licensed Child Care Center Forms: 

Relative/Non-Relative Forms:

CCDP Application:

  • Applicants must be submitted in one of the following ways:
    • Email -  
    • Fax -  (360) 353-9499
    • In-person - 1003 Fir Street, Longview WA, 98632 
    • Mail - P.O. Box 2547, Longview, WA 98632
  • If you need individual assistance, please contact our Intake Support Specialist, directly at (360) 353-9528

CCDP Resources

The Cowlitz Child Care and Development Program has been granted funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to assist in the stabilization of area child care centers and Licensed In-Home Centers. President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law to help support you as a child care provider. Here is an excerpt from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services that sums up why we received these funds:

"The Covid-19 public health emergency has put a spotlight on the critical role childcare plays in supporting children, families, businesses, and the economy as a whole. It has also highlighted the fragility of the childcare market. Childcare is essential for our communities to thrive, but the current structure means many families cannot access or afford high-quality care, and the workforce is underpaid for skilled and valuable work. There is no doubt that childcare providers are critical to the recovery and continued wellbeing of families and the economy, and that with immediate financial relief, child care providers will continue to close and accumulate debt, further reducing the already limited supply of child care. This outcome would be catastrophic for families, businesses, and our economy."

Additionally, you are encouraged to apply for ARPA funds through DCYf if you are a licensed child care provider. The state DOES NOT consider receiving funds from both CCDP and DCYF "double-dipping".

To apply, please fill out the grant request form and return it to The questions on the "Request Form" were dictated directly from the ARPA/ American Rescue Plan Act itself. Please call Justina Wilson with any questions at 360-353-9928.

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Child Care Development Program

Office Hours
M - F | 8 am - 5 pm 

1003 Fir Street, Longview, WA 98632
(360) 353-9909


The legacy of an ancient people in southwest Washington is rich with descendants who manage a growing portfolio of health, education, scientific research, housing, transportation, development, elder care, conservation and legal issues. The Cowlitz Tribe is a growing force in community building in what are now Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis and parts of Pierce, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties, a vast territory occupied by numerous Cowlitz villages prior to non-Cowlitz exploration and seizure. Today, an elected Tribal Council is composed of professionals adept at managing multiple programs and projects.