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thread is one of 47 statewide Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Networks across the nation. Our network was formally established in July 2008, and named thread in August 2009. The new name was chosen to signify “the common thread” that ties together our network of support to families, early educators and communities throughout Alaska. 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. thread has three regional hub locations in Anchorage, serving Southcentral communities, in Juneau, serving Southeast communities, and in Fairbanks serving Interior/Northern communities of Alaska.

thread Southeast Alaska


AEYC-SEA is a private non-profit and has been providing leadership in early childhood education in Southeast Alaska since 1982.  AEYC-SEA was started to promote professional development for early childhood educators and advocacy for the needs and rights of young children. The membership and Board of Directors consist of parents, teachers, child care providers, school age staff, Head Start, social service professionals, and anyone who recognizes the importance of the early years.

The membership is actively engaged in developing and maintaining the quality of care and education for young children. In addition to advocacy activities, regional conferences, and events, the Southeast affiliate has successfully applied for and administered a number of grants, including the Child Care Food Program, CCR&R, merit awards, and many projects designed to provide support and resources to families and programs caring for young children.  AEYC has been providing CCR&R services since 1997.

Board of Directors

Blue Shibler


Past Chair, Alaska AEYC Liaison

Dave Newton


Past Chair, Alaska AEYC Liaison
Stan Lujan

Jim Grammel

Colleen Hudson

Ruth Beattie
Pat Sidmore
Cherry Eckland
Marta Lastufka
Nicki Shelton

thread Interior/Northern Alaska


Thrivalaska, formerly Play N Learn, is a community-based non-profit corporation founded in 1974 to increase access to quality child care services in the community. Services include a Before and After School program located in a local school, thread Resources and Referral grant, and a Head Start Birth to Five program. Thrivalaska employs 50 staff and has 150 families enrolled in programs. The Governing Board of Directors includes parents from Thrivalaska programs as well as community members.

Thrivalaska mission is helping children and families thrive. They are a learning organization for children and adults where children, families, and staff are valued. They advocate for children, families, and staff by providing resources and training services to families, centers, and child care homes in Fairbanks, and throughout the Interior and Northern Regions of Alaska. As a community based corporation they are actively involved and contribute to the early childhood profession.

Board of Directors

Art Delaune

Steve Bouta

Shirley Williams
Jim Sweeney
Sheri Walker
Juanita Frazier
Kaye Robinson
Maria Moreno