Consultation On Site, At Your Family Child Care or Program
Have you struggled with challenging behaviors in the classroom? Are you stumped about ways to arrange your classroom to best meet the needs of children and decrease negative behaviors? Do you need assistance with program management?
thread supports early educators and early care and education programs to enhance the quality of child care throughout the State of Alaska. Consultation is a process of receiving support around an identified goal. thread offers many opportunities for early educators/programs to receive training, consultation and/or financial supports. State of Alaska approved and licensed child care programs are encouraged to apply and participate in thread services, as many of them are at no cost to the individual or program. If you are a Head Start, military or unlicensed program, you are eligible to receive these services at a cost.
Please work with your regional thread office for more details about specific services.
thread Consultation Services
Child care programs are eligible to receive up to 10 hours of consultation per year, at no cost. This support can be through telephone, e-mail or on-site at your program. Typical topics for consultation include programmatic operations, classroom management, individual child consultation (supporting a child with special needs or challenging behaviors), or environments.
thread Training Consultation
Early educators are eligible to receive up to five hours of consultation based on a training they have attended at thread.
Early educators pursuing their Child Development Associate credential (CDA) can contact thread to receive support. Typical CDA consultation supports individuals in transcript reviews, the process of obtaining a CDA, and observation support.
New Provider Start-Up
Family child care providers and child care centers who are newly licensed or approved and seeking licensure are eligible to receive consultation support around starting a new program and a financial stipend to support the program in acquiring high quality materials for their program. A mini-grant may be awarded to individuals who participate, as funding allows.
Programs interested in working towards the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC), National Association of Early Care and Education (NAEYC) or School-Age accreditation process can receive individualized program support. A mini-grant may be awarded to individuals who participate, as funding allows.
Environmental Rating Scales (ERS)
The ERS are a nationally standardized assessment tools used to observe how a classroom supports children’s growth and development through the overall classroom environment. The ERS looks at many quality indicators found within routines, schedules, activities, health and safety practices and interactions. This opportunity is for early educators working in child care centers with infants, toddlers, preschoolers or school-agers and for family child care early educators. Participants will receive an on-site environmental observation, 2 hours of self-study, develop goals for improvement, and receive up to 5 hours of consultation. A mini-grant may be awarded to individuals who participate, as funding allows.
AK Pyramid Project
The teaching pyramid model from Center for Social Emotional Foundations in Early Learning (CSEFEL) will be used to guide this initiative. Early educators will participate in a classroom assessment and receive support in learning new strategies for promoting young children’s social-emotional development. This opportunity is for early educators working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Strengthening Families is a framework for early care and education programs that supports. Five Protective Factors are the foundation of the Strengthening Families Approach: parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. Research studies support the common-sense notion that when these Protective Factors are well established in a family, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect diminishes. Research shows that these Protective Factors are also “promotive” factors that build family strengths and a family environment that promotes optimal child and youth development.