The Office of Tribal Relations is Hiring an Early Learning Tribal Liaison

In the role of Early Learning Tribal Liaison, you will draw upon your history of successfully working with tribal communities and governments, as well as your knowledge of state and federal early learning programs to assure quality and comprehensive program service delivery in the areas of child welfare & early learning.

Applications accepted through Jan. 17 at 11:59 p.m. Apply: Early Learning Tribal Liaison.

The Office of Tribal Relations is Excited to Introduce our New Early Learning Tribal Navigator, Antonia Bancroft!

Yá’át’ééh (Greetings),

My name is Antonia Bancroft. I am the Tribal Child Welfare Early Learning Navigator with the Office of Tribal Relations. I am Diné, of the Bitterwater clan, born of Zuni Edgewater and my Maternal Grandfather is of Redstreak clan and my Paternal Grandfather is of Tangle clan. I reside in Longview, Washington, with my husband Warren, my son Gavin, and my bunny Cedar.

I previously worked for DCYF in 2017 in the Family Assessment Response unit and moved into Child Family Welfare Services in the Kelso office. After that, I worked for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe as an Indian Child Welfare Social Worker. Prior to my work in Washington State, I worked for the Navajo Nation Department of Self Reliance (Tribal TANF) back home on my reservation.

I am very excited to be a part of the Tribal Relations team as a Tribal Navigator. As an Indigenous Social Worker, I am very passionate about helping our tribal families strengthen their connection to their communities so our next generation can thrive in a supportive and healthy environment. Being in this new role as Tribal Navigator will allow me to provide support to our caseworkers and tribal families with children 5 and under in connecting them to voluntary early learning programs and family support resources. This is an exciting new program that I hope will pave the way for more Tribal Navigators to help decrease reports of abuse and neglect, decrease out-of-home placements among tribal families, and increase the number of children receiving high-quality early learning supports.

If you have any questions, or want to learn more about this new program, please feel free to reach me at or 360-819-0008.

Ahéhee’ (Thank you).

Nominate an Unsung Hero for Parent Recognition Month

DCYF is preparing to celebrate Parent Recognition Month in February 2022 by honoring extraordinary parents, caregivers, guardians, and community members across Washington State through the annual Unsung Heroes campaign.

Since 2011, with your help, we have honored 281 parents and caregivers in Washington for the roles they have taken with their families, schools, and communities. They have been recognized because they have shown strength, courage, and empathy in their communities. We also acknowledge that this year, parents and primary caregivers have been called upon more than ever to be the buffer for the traumatic experiences that our world has faced. Parents and caregivers around Washington State are supporting their children, families, and communities in exceptional ways through this pandemic and we want to show our appreciation.

Please help us honor 28 more unsung heroes in February 2022 by nominating a parent, primary caregiver, or guardian for the Unsung Hero award. The nomination form is available in three languages (English, Spanish, and Somali). All nominations must be submitted by Jan. 17. The nominations can be emailed to or submitted via the form itself.

For more information, email

Region 4 Update

On Nov. 30, OICW in Seattle hosted their virtual Native American Month Celebration. Included as part of the celebration were ‘sightings of fry bread’ and the annual auction, which was very fun as well as successful. All proceeds went to the support of Mother Nation. Roxanne Finney, a longtime employee of the Office of Tribal Relations, was also blanketed at this celebration in recognition of her retirement and many years of service.

Tribal Crisis Line

Volunteers of America Western Washington is excited to announce that they are working on the training curriculum for staff that will be hired to work on the Tribal crisis line.

They are seeking feedback from AI/AN communities, especially Elders and Tribal leaders. If you are Tribal affiliated, a Tribal agency, or anyone working with the AI/AN population to help bridge the gap that has been only getting bigger throughout the years, creating barriers to accessing resources, please complete this survey.

Please feel free to share this survey as they want as much feedback from the population they will be serving.

If any of you have any questions or comments about this survey, or you just want to know more about the program, please reach out Mia Klick at Thank you all for your time and the hard work you all do each day.

Training Opportunity

  • Jan. 6, 10 a.m.: EarlyEdU Alliance Highlight Webinar. Join for a conversation with Miriam Calderon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Policy and Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education. EarlyEdU will talk with Miriam about key initiatives aimed at preparing a qualified early childhood workforce. As part of the conversation, they’ll ask Miriam how institutions of higher education can play a part in preparing early educators to effectively meet the challenge for high quality universal pre-K and other early childhood efforts outlined in the President’s Build Back Better Framework. Register.

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