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“It broke my heart, but I have a responsibility to be a good steward of public funds,” said Deborah Lo, Dean of the School of Education and Graduate Studies at UAS, who made the recommendation. In the Juneau Empire article, Lo said that the demand was never very high, and was dropping.  [Read More... ]

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thread has opened a new office in Kenai, further expanding services to reach more families and early educators in Southcentral Alaska.

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thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Network, is partnering with government, business and private foundations to place cribs meeting new U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards and Federal Child Care Regulation requirements in Child Care programs throughout Alaska.

“What could be more important than creating safe sleep environments for Alaska’s babies,” said Stephanie Berglund, thread’s CEO. “By replacing a crib for a crib in each child care program, we are hoping to support safe sleep for over 4,000 infants and toddlers who are cared for in Licensed Child Care programs throughout the state.  [Read More... ]

This July 4th holiday, thread is one of 500 finalists for Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program. Help spread the word about quality early care and education by voting for thread at on  July 4th, 2012. The winner on Facebook that day will receive a new Toyota car.  [Read More... ]

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... ]

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