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thread History and Milestones

For over twenty-five years thread has promoted accessible, affordable and quality early care and learning for families and early educators throughout Alaska. As one of 47 Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Networks nationwide, thread is Alaska's statewide CCR&R network providing families child care referrals and training for early educators in communities throughout the state. thread’s mission is to advance the quality of early education and child development by empowering parents, educating child care professionals, and collaborating with our communities.

"We started out in a closet in Anchorage!" thread's founders and early advocates for quality child care have been known to say.

That was in 1985 in Anchorage when thread, then known as Child Care Connection, opened its first office in a closet-sized room in the health and human services building on the corner of 9th and L streets. Today, thread represents a statewide network with three regional hub locations in Fairbanks, serving the Interior / Northern communities; Anchorage, serving South Central communities and Juneau, serving communities in Southeast Alaska. The name "thread" was chosen to signify “the common thread” that ties together a network of support to families, early educators and communities throughout Alaska.

Annually, with staff in 13 locations and services in 58 Alaskan communities, thread provides early care and education referrals and parenting support to over 7,000 families, trains over 2,500 early educators and offers onsite assistance and consultation to almost 200 early care and education programs throughout Alaska.