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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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Services for Families

Recognizing parents as a child’s first teacher, thread understands that families want the best for their children including ensuring they have great care and maximizing their development and learning potential. thread staff are dedicated to helping families make informed choices about early care and education by providing child care referrals and parenting information, community resources and short term support to meet families needs. thread supports all families to maximize their child’s experiences in quality care and learning. 

Child Care Search and Referral Service

Free of charge, thread provides families with an individualized list of early care and education programs based on their specific needs.  thread offers information on:

  • Selecting quality child care, preschool, or Head Start programs
  • Understanding different types of care settings
  • Qualifications of early care and education providers
  • Current program vacancy information
  • Alaska IN!: Special Needs Supplement Application Packet 
  • NEW! Child Care Assistance through the Northern/Interior regional office of thread
  • Customized referrals for Military families
  • Tips on working with your child’s teacher
  • Other community resources

Guidance for Choosing Quality Care and Education

thread also offers guidance on how to identify and choose quality care and education programs. Check out these resources for more.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

thread, partnering with Thrivalaska in Fairbanks, provides local CCAP services. In addition to providing thread resource and referral services to families and training for early educators in the Interior and Northern part of the state, Thrivalaska began administering the Fairbanks area Child Care Assistance Program on September 1, 2011.  

Not Sure How to Begin? thread and Thrivalaska can help answer your CCAP questions:

  • How to fill out the application?
  • What is the process to become eligible?
  • How do I choose a child care provider?

You can download the Child Care Assistance Application and Checklist here. For more information regarding the CCAP application or process for the Northern / Interior region of Alaska, please email thread@thrivalaska.com or call 907.479.2212 or toll free 866.878.2273. Office hours are 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. For more information, you can also visit the State of Alaska's Child Care Assistance webpage.

Services for Military Families

thread, along with Child Care Aware of America and military partners, is working to increase quality community-based support to military families with increased child care opportunities.

Trainings and resources are available at thread for military spouses who are interested in providing family child care such as how to become a licensed child care provider and acquiring the proper credentials the military requires. Trainings include Getting Started in Family Child care and The Business of Caring. 

In addition, Better Kid Care (BKC) is a low cost online Child Care Training, approved for professional development credit in Alaska. Child care providers living in military-rich communities in Alaska have had access to free BKC online training through thread’s Military Child Care Quality Initiative grant until July 31, 2014. The BCK On Demand Lessons are also very affordable at a cost of $5.00 per lesson.

More Parenting Resources

  • Child development and parenting workshops
  • Networking opportunities with other families
  • Free lending library, including books on parenting, children’s books, and toys
  • Personalized support and information around parenting issues, child development, and community referrals through our thread line service
  • The Office of Children's Services focuses on the safety and well being of all children. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected call 1.800.478.4444 or follow this link.

Ways You Can Get Involved

  • Join thread's Action Network to learn about trends, information, news and early care and education action alerts
  • Volunteer at one of many community special events promoting fun early learning activities for children and adults
  • Gift a gift to support thread promoting quality early care and education

Downloads


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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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Investing in Young Children Priorities 2014


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Parent TALK Schedule 2013-2014
Parent TALK Schedule 2013-2014


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Child Care Assistance Program Application
Child Care Assistance Application and Checklist


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Alaska IN! Brochure
CCPO Alask IN Brochure


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thread Quality Care Card

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