Summer is a time for family fun with thread!
During the summer months in Alaska, thread hosts and joins many community events throughout the state which include everything from activities for dads to street fairs - fun stuff for the entire family.
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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... ]
Join thread to Help Move Child Care Forward in Alaska on September 11th, 2012. thread, with special guests from Child Care Aware of America, invites you to a community discussion about issues important to quality early care and education in Alaska. Participants will discuss what is happening on the national landscape around quality child care and what this means to Alaska families and children. This event is an important opportunity to make your voice heard and share your ideas on how we can all move child care forward in Alaska. [Read More... ]
thread's Safe Sleeping for Alaska's Babies Campaign was recently featured on Fox 4 (KTBY) news, highlighting the new U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) crib standards. [Read More... ]
“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... ]
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 www.100carsforgood.com 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... ]