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Thank you, early childhood educators!

Our young children and their families were kept safe and received amazing care during and after the Nov. 30th earthquake. You were prepared and ready for an emergency. We hope you are well, and personally and professionally beginning the recovery process.

The State of Alaska Child Care Program Office (CCPO), the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) Child Care Licensing Office and thread are working together to support you in getting back to the business of caring!


Supporting You

We have the following updates to share with you. We are….

  • Contacting individual child care programs to hear how you, and your families and children are coping as well as the status of your program and facility. After we hear from you, we will plan for the support you need to either stay open or reopen—including rolling up our sleeves to help pick up the toys!

  • Sharing information about open child care programs and other programs open this week to support families in need of care. You will find an Earthquake Center page on the thread website. We will be posting new information here and on Facebook

  • Providing thread training services. thread’s Southcentral trainings scheduled for this week are happening. Get the latest schedule here. We look forward to seeing you there if you are registered!


Providing Emotional Support to Your Children & Families

We know this has been a stressful event for both you and our young children.

Be gentle with yourself in the coming days. Take breaks and replenish your spirit with friends, faith, family, music or nature. We are here to support you.

The following resources offer good information on how to talk with your children and families in processing what happened and transitioning back to a normal routine.

There is a complete list of resources at thread’s Earthquake Center.

Additionally, thread will be sharing a step-by-step guide on how to transition your families and children back to your program soon.

If you need immediate advice or consultation for communicating with parents, helping children to cope, or emergency planning, contact thread for assistance at (800) 278-3723.


Important Updates about Child Care Assistance

We have received several questions regarding child care assistance. Responses to these common questions are below.

Q: Will there be any exceptions to child care assistance reimbursements due to the earthquake?

Care will continue to be paid as authorized for participating families. Some exceptions due to the earthquake may apply and will be based on a case by case basis (for example, provider closure due to earthquake, absent days for child in care due to earth quake, etc.). 

Q: During this emergency situation (natural disaster-earthquake), can a family participating in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) receive care from another provider without an authorization? 

A CCAP participating family may receive care for their children from another participating CCAP provider (secondary provider) without issuance of an authorization. The provider must be participating in the CCAP program. 

For additional information or to discuss a specific situation, please call the CCPO at (888) 268-4632.


Contact Information

The Municipality of Anchorage Child Care Licensing and thread are open for business. The State of Alaska Child Care Program Anchorage office will return to work on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. 

State of Alaska Child Care Program Office
(888) 268-4632

Municipality of Anchorage Child Care Licensing Office
(907) 343-4758

(800) 278-3723

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