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By Stephanie Berglund, thread CEO (from thread's family newsletter issue, Summer 2011)

This time of year usually finds me and my family planning outdoor adventures to our favorite camping, kayaking or hiking spot. Wherever we go, we always bring along our favorite books to read. Reading together as families is an easy and fun way to support children’s development while creating positive family memories.  [Read More... ]

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. Increasingly, studies show when young children experience positive early care and education at home or out of the home in an early care and learning program, they are more prepared for school, have higher wages in the workforce, are healthier and have reduced incidences of crime. These benefits not only impact children directly, they help reduce the costs we all pay for things like juvenile justice programs and health care.  [Read More... ]

Juneau, AK - An initiative to increase the recruitment and retention of qualified early educators in Juneau was approved for full funding by the finance committee of the Juneau City and Borough Assembly on May 16th, 2012. The HEARTS Initiative or Hiring, Educating, and Retaining Teaching Staff, suggests educational incentives, Child Care fee waivers and reimbursements for early educators as ways to improve the quality and availability of child care in Juneau.  [Read More... ]

Governor Parnell signed into law three budget bills for fiscal year 2013 that include support for early education in Alaska, including a wage incentive program for early educators, funding to help child care providers replace outdated cribs and support for Anchorage Imagination Library.  [Read More... ]

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Happy Provider Appreciation Day! Provider Appreciation Day is celebrated annually and is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere.  Alaska's early care and learning field is growing, with a workforce numbering 7,300 compared to 6,500 estimated in 2005. This includes individuals working at child care centers, family child care, Head Start, private and public preschool and pre-kindergarten, infant learning programs and other early childhood setting.  [Read More... ]

Arlington, VA -- Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA) joins with thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral organization, in honoring Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) for his work on behalf of young children during the “Week of the Young Child."  [Read More... ]

April 22nd through 29th marks an annual national celebration around children and families: Week of the Young Child™. This year's week highlights the theme "Early Years Are Learning Years." The Week of the Young Child™ is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and focuses attention on the needs of young children and their families.   [Read More... ]

You still have time to apply for the 2012 Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) before the annual 11:59 p.m. March 31 filing deadline. Your donation can be part of the growing campaign to exceed the $2 million goal for donations to nonprofits through the PFD Charitable Contributions Program Pick. Click. Give.  [Read More... ]

Washington, D.C. -- On Thursday in Washington D.C. Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) introduced three new bills supporting those working in the field of early care and education. The new legislation was introduced as a package designed to address access, quality and affordability in early education programs.  "The payoff is clear. Every dollar invested in early education programs today returns 16 dollars in better outcomes for individuals, families and communities," Begich said. "You can't find a better investment and return than this -- and all of us benefit when our kids have the tools they need to succeed."  [Read More... ]

More than 160 premiere events will showcase Best Beginnings' Babies on Track, a 14-minute DVD for parents highlighting early learning and healthy brain development. The DVD and accompanying baby board books provide at-home and convenient ways to interact with your children. 7,500 sets of the DVD and board books will be distributed free throughout Alaska to families with children under 2 years of age.

Babies on Track focuses on brain development that happens in our earliest years, before 3 years old. This is a time when talking, conversation, singing and other language are critical to a baby's healthy development.  [Read More... ]

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