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Anchorage, AK -- Over 400 cribs are arriving in Anchorage this week to be delivered to licensed child care programs participating in thread’s Safe Sleeping for Alaska’s Babies Campaign (SSAB) – an effort to replace outdated cribs with new products meeting national safety standards. [Read More... ]
With the Presidential election over, our elected leaders are facing important budget decisions to avert the looming “fiscal cliff." What is the fiscal cliff, you ask? The fiscal cliff refers to a time when budget cuts will happen across all programs and departments at the same time current tax cuts will end. This day is January 2nd, 2013. These budget decisions are difficult, especially when elected officials are considering many programs which are vital and important to millions of Americans. At thread, we believe programs supporting children and working parents are a priority to healthy economies and communities. [Read More... ]
At thread, we know children are learning first from their parents and also from their child care providers and teachers. Today, more parents are working and seeking high quality child care. It is during a child’s youngest years, from birth to three years old, when what and how children are learning can shape their future. When people invest in their children early on, children are more prepared for school, are healthier and more successful in life. [Read More... ]
thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Network, is finalizing orders for 900 new and safer cribs and providing hundreds of hours of Safe Sleep training, as National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness month wraps up this October.
“A safe sleep environment includes safe equipment, like cribs as well as being aware of best practices for putting babies to sleep that can help reduce SIDS,” says Kathy Kline, thread’s Director of Professional Development. [Read More... ]
thread has ordered over 900 cribs to be shipped to Alaska and delivered to communities throughout the state, as part of it's Safe Sleeping for Alaska's Babies Campaign. thread launched the campaign this summer, after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to approve new mandatory crib standards, establishing the most stringent crib safety standards in the world. Starting December 28th, 2012 child care facilities, including family child care homes and infant Head Start centers, must only use cribs that comply with the new standards. [Read More... ]
More than 400 nonprofit organizations will be receiving their donations from the 2012 Pick. Click. Give. campaign by the end of October and Alaskans gave in record numbers this year. This Spring, after the close of the filing period for the annual Pemanent Fund Dividend (PFD), over 23,000 individuals had pledged more than 37,000 gifts totaling more than $2,200,000. Support for quality child care and early education came in gifts totalling just over $2,000 to thread, Alaska's Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agency. [Read More... ]
"We are so pleased to offer this much needed program to local Air Force families with children with special needs," said Stephanie Berglund, thread’s CEO. "USAF EFMP Respite Care will provide families a well-deserved break, knowing that their child is being cared for by trained and screened providers." [Read More... ]
thread is committed to move quality Child Care forward in Alaska. Quality child care means providing a safe, clean and engaging place where parents can partner with trained professionals to help nurture their children’s education, emotions and physical abilities. To really move quality forward in Alaska, it takes a community. We invite you to join thread by voting in the upcoming election and joining thread’s action center. For more recent news and articles from thread, check out thread's Fall E-Newsletter! [Read More... ]
thread, Alaska's Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Network is celebrating national Step Up For Kids Day, September 20, 2012 with the launch of a video highlighting why investment in children and families is important to every community in the state, especially during election season.
"Young children can't vote," said Stephanie Berglund, thread's CEO. "We encourage people, no matter what their political affiliation, to register and vote in our upcoming elections with children in mind." [Read More... ]
In light of the tragic death of 19-month old Faith Phillips at a child care center in Wasilla, Alaska, thread extends sympathy to the Phillips family in what is a parent's worst nightmare, losing a child. Unfortunately, these tragedies are a wake up call to policy-makers about the importance of training all people who care for young children. This includes CPR, First Aid, Safe Sleep, SIDS/Shaken Baby, appropriate supervisory guidance and other health and safety training. [Read More... ]