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The second Sunday in May has long been recognized as the day to honor mothers and their commitment to children. The Friday before Mother’s Day, May 9, 2014, is Provider Appreciation Day, a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers, school-age program staff, child care center directors and staff, and all those who work with young children and are responsible for their care and education.   [Read More... ]



Apr
30
2014
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"We can't make it with 'play dough'!" That was the message sent by early educators to members of the U.S. Congress in 2007, regarding the low wages in the field of early care and education.
Fast forward a few years and not much has changed.  [Read More... ]




This week thread celebrates the Week of the Young Child™. This is an annual celebration to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

 

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thread is going blue for the month of April in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a time to raise awareness about ways in which communities can ensure children are safe. To kick-off Child Abuse Prevention month, please join thread, the Alaska Children's Trust and our partners statewide in wearing blue on April 4th.

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With support from Senators Murkowski and Begich, the Child Care & Development Block Grant passed the Senate and now sits in the House. Ask your Representative to support the CCDBG!  [Read More... ]




Last week the Senate passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act by a vote of 96-2. Yesterday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education  began their work to review CCDBG.   You can watch the archived webcast of the hearing here.

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Today was a historic day for early education. The Senated passed a Bill that reauthorizes the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) for the first time since 1996.  [Read More... ]




Congress has not reviewed our nation’s child care laws in 17 years. Today, a bipartisan measure to promote children’s safety and strengthen the quality of child care was debated on the Senate floor.   [Read More... ]




ANCHORAGE (February 2014) — Early care and education teachers around Anchorage will be enjoying a wage bonus this year through the Alaska SEED ROOTS Awards program managed by thread.  [Read More... ]




Juneau childcare workers are getting paid more and staying in their jobs longer than they were just a few years ago. That’s thanks to the HEARTS (Hiring, Educating and Retaining Teaching Staff) initiative, a pilot program designed to improve access to childcare in the Capital City.  [Read More... ]




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