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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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SUPPORT & RESOURCES

 

Activities for Parents

Find parenting information and connections.

 

Lending Libraries

Find resources to take home.

 

thread Line

Call for questions or support.

 

Developmental Screening

Learn about your child's development.

 

Financial Resources

Find ways to stretch.

 

Additional Resources

Find links to information and ideas.

 

Activities for Parents

  • Parent TALK meets monthly September through May from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the thread Library at 3350 Commercial Drive, Anchorage, 99501. Attendees enjoy a free dinner, giveaways, books, resources, and more. During Parent TALK children two years and older may choose to participate in “Little TALK” with games, crafts, and other fun activities. Children less than two years will stay with their parent(s) in the adult discussion room and enjoy toddler activities. For more information please call 265-3100, or click here for the full schedule and registration link.
  • Parent TALK webinar. Click on each webinar topic below to view instantly (webinars are in elluminate software).

I’m Moving, I’m Learning: Take your parent’s words to heart and learn the incredible value of play.

Growing A Reader: Grow a reader during summer! Turn story time into quality time, and watch your child’s language and literacy skills blossom.

Restoring Childhood: Learn more about the value of simplicity in parenting and the steps you can take to cherish and preserve fleeting childhood experiences.

Lending Libraries

We have over 3,000 books, magazines, journals, video tapes, audio tapes, CD/ROMS and other materials. Library membership is free.  If you live in a rural Alaska community, materials can be mailed to you.  For membership and location information, visit your regional thread office's lending library.

  • thread's Southcentral lending library is located at the thread office in Anchorage. If you have questions or to learn more about the library, please call (907) 265-3100 or email info@threadalaska.org. thread staff "top picks" include:
  1. Houses and Homes, by Ann Morris, illustrated by Ken Heyman
  2. Special people, Special Ways, by Arlen Maguire, illustrated by Sheila Bailey
  3. Fluffy and Baron, by Laura Rankin
  4. The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper
  5. Wheels on The Bus, by Slvie Kantorovitz
  6. Lull-a-bye, Little One, by Dianne Ochiltree, illustrated by Hideko Takahashi

thread Line

Caring for children can be overwhelming. thread staffs a phone line for parents and early care educators, with an Early Childhood Specialist who can provide individualized child development information, discipline suggestions, or other supports.

The thread-line is a support line around parenting techniques and child development issues. We do not provide ongoing counseling; however we will provide referrals to other appropriate agencies if callers are in the midst of a crisis or need more comprehensive social service assistance. Contact your regional thread office for thread-line services.

Developmental Screening

If you are interested in learning more about your child's development, click on one of the online developmental screening tools below. Complete the questionnaire with your child, and once completed a thread staff member will follow up with you to discuss the results.

Financial Resources

  • Child Care Assistance Benefits: This web site will help families determine the possibility that they may be eligible for Child Care Benefits. It includes an online calculator for determining the possible level of assistance. thread, partnering with Thrivalaska in Fairbanks, provides local Child Care Assistance (CCA) services. Thrivalaska already provides thread resource and referral services to families and training for early educators in the Interior and Northern part of the state.  For more information, please email thread@thrivalaska.com or call 907.479.2212 or toll free 866.878.2273.

  • The Earned Income Tax Credit or the EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families.  Congress originally approved the tax credit legislation in 1975 in part to offset the burden of social security taxes and to provide an incentive to work. When EITC exceeds the amount of taxes owed, it results in a tax refund to those who claim and qualify for the credit. To qualify, taxpayers must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if they do not have a filing requirement.

  • The IRS has information about filing requirements for dependents, who is responsible for a child's return, how to figure a dependent's standard deduction and exemption (if any), and whether a dependent can claim exemption from federal income tax withholding.

  • Child Care Aware is a national program of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) and helps families learn more about the elements of high-quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Check out Child Care Aware's financial assistance resources.
     
  • The Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) Child Care Assistance Program provides financial assistance to Alaska Native and Native American families who are in need of daycare services for children under the age of 13. If the family is receiving Public Assistance, they must contact their case worker to request an authorization for child care assistance.
     
  • The Alaska Youth & Family Network (AFYN) and CMS (Medicaid/Medicare) have partnered to let you know that insurance for your child can happen. Even if you have some medical insurance, you may be eligible for additional financial assistance. Find out about medical, counseling, dental, vision and prescription coverage for your kids! www.ayfn.org.

Additional Resources

  • Visit www.juneaufamilies.org for family resources and activities in Juneau.
  • Visit www.fairbanksfamilies.com for family resources and activities in Fairbanks.
  • Take a look at the many parent-focused programs, initiatives, and resources NACCRRA has available for parents.
  • Strengthening Families is a new, proven, cost-effective strategy to prevent child abuse and neglect.  This strategy involves early childhood centers working to build protective factors around children by supporting family strengths and resiliency. Currently thread is collaborating with United Way of Anchorage to continue to support parents whose children are enrolled in a child care program.  For more information about the Strengthening Families Initiative or how to become a Strengthening Families site, please contact thread.
  • Best Beginnings offers several versions of free Activity Guides to help child care providers, parents, family members enhance a child’s development and help prepare him or her for success in school and success in life.
  • Be up-to-date on new crib standards, posted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families contains financial and other resources involving Head Start and Tribal Child Care.
  • Watch these video clips from Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child about how early experiences affect brain and body development.
  • The Ounce of Prevention Fund has a collection of videos on the importance of early childhood education, parenting and more.
  • Learn the signs of developmental disabilities in order to act early.

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