Quality Improvement Program of the Year
thread is excited to launch this new statewide award to recognize an early care & learning program that has demonstrated a strong dedication to continuous quality improvement activities and is making significant progress through Learn & Grow, Alaska’s Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS).
Programs statewide will be nominated by industry experts in the fall of 2016. Families and community partners of those nominated programs will then be invited to submit letters of recommendation to the award committee on the program’s behalf.
The award is presented to the recipient at the annual Anchorage Association for the Education of Young Children (AAEYC) Early Childhood Conference in Anchorage, AK, held January 25-28.
Congratulations Enep'ut Children's Center
The inaugural recipient for the 2017 Quality Improvement Program of the Year Award is Enep’ut Children’s Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. Enep’ut is a Yup’ik word meaning “our house.” Founded with Native Alaskan beliefs, babies and children are respected and nurtured to encourage development into productive members of the community. With an open door policy, parents are encouraged to participate in program meetings, share ideas and spend time with their children in the facility, creating a positive home environment. Everyone is encouraged to have a voice and participate in all aspects of the learning process. Communication is key, and the staff at Enep’ut is always available for parents and children alike.
Enep’ut Children’s Center is committed to engaging in continuous quality improvement, as demonstrated by their enrollment and active participation in Learn & Grow. They are working to advance administration and leadership, professional development of staff, engaging families in programming, and developing stronger relationships in a quality learning environment. The staff and administration work hard to ensure that not only is each child learning and growing, but they are also learning and growing themselves. Each member of the staff has obtained or is working towards their CDA Credential, a nationally awarded and recognized credential in the field of early care and learning.
Stacie Dublin (left) and Tracey Adams (right) with Carrie Grafft, Administrative Director for Enep'ut Children's Center in Fairbanks.