thread's new training and payment policies
thread has new training and payment policies! Please be sure to read them and contact your nearest thread office if you have questions.
Distance Learning: Online, At Your Own Pace, Self-Study
ChildCare Aware Training Academy is an online, self-paced training for early educators. thread partners with the Child Care Aware Training Academy to host classes online. You will be directed to an Advanced Systems Technology website to register and pay for the classes. Prices reflect technical assistance through the thread office nearest you. To Log-In or if you already have an account, click here.
Self Studies available at thread
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome & Shaken Baby Syndrome: This self-study fulfills the licensing requirement for SIDS and SBS training for two hours of training credit. As of July 1, 2014, in Southcentral Alaska this self-study will no longer be available for early educators living in a community where the classroom training is provided. The self-study modules will be reserved for early educators who are unable to access a training location. Alternately, training in SIDS/SBS can be completed online through the Child Care Aware Training Academy.
Inclusion: This self-study is designed to support programs providing inclusive child care to children with a diagnosed special need. New ideas and strategies for promoting optimal development, using environmental supports and working with families will be discussed. Participants will complete 6 hours of training upon completion of the 3 modules.
Accreditation: The accreditation self-study has three parts and is designed as an introduction to the accreditation process. It reviews eligibility, criteria standards, costs associated with applying for accreditation, the benefits of becoming accredited, and thread services that may be able to support your program during the accreditation process.
Contact your nearest thread office to order a self study today!
Additional Distance Learning Options
ABCD (Alaska Based Child Development) Elearning
This web-based training honors all learning styles. Each training module offers 20 hours toward completion of a CDA (Child Development Associate credential), or toward state licensing requirements. Our goal is to help you reflect on your experiences, and explore best practice ideas in order to increase your comfort, teaching skills, and effectiveness in working with young children and families. You will be supported by an early childhood trainer, and connect with other early childhood educators through informal on-line discussions. You can work at your own pace to complete a module within three months, with choices of engaging activities. For more information or to register for a module, visit http://www.abcdalaska.org or call 1-888-785-1235.
Better Kid Care
Better Kid Care is a low cost online Child Care Training, approved for professional development credit in Alaska. 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. Unfortunately, with the ending of this grant, free training will end July 31, 2014. However, the BCK On Demand Lessons are still very affordable at a cost of $5.00 per lesson.
ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI)
ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 100 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials. Several certification programs have been evaluated and awarded college credit recommendations by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS). CCEI is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and is authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990, license number 837.
Infant Mental Health Training
The Alaska Infant Mental Health Association (AK-AIMH) has gained access to 45 hours (15 sessions) of online, self-paced Infant Mental Health training. This 15-part training program aims to raise awareness and understanding of the needs of infants and toddlers in order to promote healthy social emotional development in the early years and reduce the likelihood of poor mental and physical health outcomes in the later years.
To gain access, first become a member of the Alaska Infant Mental Health Association for $35 for individual membership, or if you are a student join for $10. Upon joining AK-AIMH, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a passcode to gain free access to the online trainings. Then register for the trainings here.
Each training session is 3 hours long. You can complete all 15 sessions or you can complete one. There is small evaluation at the end of each session and a certificate will be sent to you. Students are responsible for providing the SEED Registry a copy of each certificate upon completion so your training hours for licensure or CDA can be recorded. Please email Meghan Johnson at email@example.com with any other questions.