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April 14-20 is the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration to bring attention to the needs of young children and their families.  [Read More... ]

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This month all child care programs have the chance to help improve access to affordable, quality child care for Alaskan families. And the best part? It only takes 5-10 minutes.  [Read More... ]

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Working together, we can all increase the well-being of children and families in Alaska. The Strengthening Families – Alaska Style partnership is joining together this April to promote Strengthening Families and prevent child abuse and neglect.  [Read More... ]

Begich has introduced three early childhood bills in Washington D.C. to address the affordability, the availability, and the quality of child care.  [Read More... ]

On behalf of the thread Board of Directors – THANK YOU! As of early March, over 50 generous Alaskans have supported thread through Pick.Click.Give!   [Read More... ]

Alaskan quilter Maria Shell describes the making of the thread Generations Quilt.  [Read More... ]

In an effort to expand a popular children’s book program more broadly in Alaska, Best Beginnings will issue grants to launch Imagination Library in new communities and expand it in communities that already have the program.  [Read More... ]

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Quality child care is the best gift for your child! This year, send your first Valentine to Congress urging them to protect the 11 million children in child care by reauthorizing the Child Care and Development Block Grant.  [Read More... ]

“In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children…studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, form more stable families of their own. We know this works. So let’s do what works and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.”

President Barack Obama

State of the Union, February 12, 2013  [Read More... ]

"Early childhood education is the driver of better outcomes and returns in secondary and higher education, health and economic development."

- James Heckman, Nobel Laureate Economist, University of Chicago

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