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"Early childhood education is the driver of better outcomes and returns in secondary and higher education, health and economic development."

- James Heckman, Nobel Laureate Economist, University of Chicago

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Learn more about early brain development during a free public talk with neuroscientist and best-selling author Dr. Lise Eliot at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Wilda Marston Theatre in the Z.J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage. Dr. Eliot’s public talk will focus on themes from her latest book, Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps and What We Can Do About It.  [Read More... ]

It's that time again to complete your Permanent Fund Dividend or PFD application and give to your favorite charities at the same time with "Pick. Click. Give."  [Read More... ]

Learning doesn’t start at kindergarten, it begins at birth. At thread, we know children are learning first from their parents and also from their child care providers and teachers. This holiday season, thread says thank you to all those who spend their time caring for and teaching our children.  [Read More... ]

Almost 500 new and free cribs, 493 to be exact, will be arriving in communities throughout Alaska in time for the holidays and a federal deadline requirement for child care programs to only use products meeting new national safety standards.  This is the second big shipment of cribs to child care programs. In November, thread worked with partners to deliver over 400 cribs to Anchorage-area programs.

“Starting December 28th, 2012 child care facilities throughout the United States must only use cribs that comply with new U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards,” explains Stephanie Berglund, the CEO of thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource & Referral Network.  [Read More... ]

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Throughout Alaska's communities, working adults are finding it harder and harder to find quality child care. Read more about child care in rural Alaska in the article "Solving the Child Care Crisis In Rural Alaska", by Anne Hillman, APRN - Anchorage and Jessica Cochran with Kids These Days!  [Read More... ]

Anchorage, AK -- Over 400 cribs are arriving in Anchorage this week to be delivered to licensed child care programs participating in thread’s Safe Sleeping for Alaska’s Babies Campaign (SSAB) – an effort to replace outdated cribs with new products meeting national safety standards.  [Read More... ]

With the Presidential election over, our elected leaders are facing important budget decisions to avert the looming “fiscal cliff."  What is the fiscal cliff, you ask? The fiscal cliff refers to a time when budget cuts will happen across all programs and departments at the same time current tax cuts will end. This day is January 2nd, 2013. These budget decisions are difficult, especially when elected officials are considering many programs which are vital and important to millions of Americans. At thread, we believe programs supporting children and working parents are a priority to healthy economies and communities.  [Read More... ]

At thread, we know children are learning first from their parents and also from their child care providers and teachers. Today, more parents are working and seeking high quality child care. It is during a child’s youngest years, from birth to three years old, when what and how children are learning can shape their future. When people invest in their children early on, children are more prepared for school, are healthier and more successful in life.  [Read More... ]

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thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Network, is finalizing orders for 900 new and safer cribs and providing hundreds of hours of Safe Sleep training, as National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness month wraps up this October.

“A safe sleep environment includes safe equipment, like cribs as well as being aware of best practices for putting babies to sleep that can help reduce SIDS,” says Kathy Kline, thread’s Director of Professional Development.  [Read More... ]

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