Tribal Early Learning Fund (TELF) - Now Accepting Applications

January 24, 2024
Infant and adult

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families Office of Tribal Relations is excited to share a funding opportunity to support Tribal children prenatal to five in early learning programs around Washington State. The Tribal Early Learning Fund (TELF) is designed to provide resources to ensure early learning programs can best serve Tribal children in an inclusive and culturally appropriate manner.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024. 

For information and to apply, visit

The maximum award is $250,000 for category 1, $100,000 for category 2, and $75,000 for category 3. The current fiscal year will run from the time of award until June 30, 2024.

The following early learning programs are eligible to apply:

  • Category 1: Tribal Nations, or Tribal Child Care Center 
    • Tribal Head Start and/or Early Head Start
    • Tribal Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) and/or Tribal Early ECEAP
    • Tribal Childcare Centers
  • Category 2: Tribal Nations, Recognized American Indian Organizations (RAIO’s), Tribal/Native Serving Organization, or Tribal Child Care Providers 
    • Recognized American Indian Organizations (RAIOs) with an early learning program
    • Tribal/Native Serving Organization with an early learning program
    • Tribal Home Visiting
    • Tribally Licensed Childcare providers 
    • Certified/Certified for Payment only Tribal Child Care providers
  • Category 3: Community Organization, State or Certified Child Care providers that serve tribal children 
    • Home Visiting programs serving Tribal children
    • ECEAP and/or Early ECEAP Contractors & Subcontractors serving Tribal children
    • State Licensed Childcare providers serving tribal children
    • Certified Childcare providers serving Tribal children

Technical Assistance office hours will be offered to assist with applications and any other questions that might arise:

For questions, please contact Rayna Espinosa, Tribal Early Learning Fund Specialist, at or (564) 546-0436.