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thread, Alaska's Child Care Resource & Referral Network, is a hub of information for the early childhood workforce. thread announces the launch of a new and cutting-edge tool for early educators, an online distance learning program and a volunteer opportunity through AmeriCorps.

“It is the right time to support people working in early childhood and those that might be interested in the field and a change in their career,” said Stephanie Berglund, thread’s CEO. “Some people may consider going back to school during a time when the economy is making it hard to find jobs.”

thread has three current programs focused on supporting the early childhood workforce that includes child care providers, certified teachers, early interventionists, administrators and others working in jobs that support children. These programs include:

  • The Alaska SEED Registry – a database with information about the early childhood workforce. The database is also a tool for early educators to document their professional accomplishments as well as be first in line to receive funding opportunities. (www.seedalaska.org)
  • Child Care Aware Training Academy – an online program offering high-quality and self-paced courses available to child care center and family child care providers. thread partners with the Child Care Aware Training Academy to provide a variety of course topics designed for the Alaska early childhood professional.
  • thread’s AmeriCorps Strengthening Families Project – an AmeriCorps volunteer opportunity at selected early care and education programs around Anchorage, supporting families and children. AmeriCorps members receive a monthly living allowance of $1008, an education award of $5550 after a year of completed service, health insurance and child care assistance.

In Alaska, the 7,300 residents that are directly employed in the early care and learning workforce generate $150 million in payroll and support over 32,000 working families with child care services.

“We know over 7,000 Alaskans are working in the early care and learning profession right now and more are interested in finding jobs in this field,” Berglund says. “This interest is good for people seeking jobs, it is good for working families seeking child care and it’s good for Alaska’s economy.

For more information about thread programs, please visit www.threadalaska.org or call 907.265.3100.

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