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thread works with and supports thousands of Alaska’s families and early educators by providing resources like teaching materials and books, family friendly events and high quality training for early educators. We invite you to join us in supporting quality early care and education for Alaska’s children.

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Child Care Referral Services

thread provides referrals to child care programs only, we do not provide recommendations. Parents are encouraged to visit and interview providers before making a final decision about their child care. Please see a sample plan and simple steps you can follow in your search for child care in the "plan for child care search." Family services are provided free of charge, including referrals, library use, and consumer information.

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How thread's referral service works

thread’s Family Services department helps families find child care by conducting an individualized search from our child care database which includes types of programs such as family child care homes, centers, preschool programs, Head Start programs, and more. Our database includes early care and education programs and settings located throughout Alaska.

We search by family’s specific needs including the child’s age, location, desired program type, transportation options, and other factors important to your family. We can also answer many important questions about the child care programs in our database such as vacancies, fees, policies, caregiver experience, and types of activities available.

There are several easy ways to access early care and education referrals:

For child care referral support or to speak to someone in person, please click here for your regional thread office contact information.

Along with referrals, we highly recommend:


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Child Care Referral Request Form
thread Child Care Referral Request Form. Upon completion, please submit your request form to your regional thread office listed in the document.

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Quality Early Care & Education: A Guide for Alaska's Families
thread understands families want the best for their children. We encourage you to use this guide along with our staff support and website to assist you in understanding and finding quality child care.

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Cuidado y EducaciĆ³n Temprana de Calidad
Cuidado y EducaciĆ³n Temprana de Calidad

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Plan for Child Care Search
Simple steps to follow in your search for child care

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thread Quality Care Card

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