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Throughout Alaska, 38,000 children under the age of 6 have working parents. In order for parents to work, many depend on child care. Yet, in too many communities, child care is difficult to find, more difficult to afford, and too often of questionable quality.  Join thread as we help bring high-quality early learning environments to children and families across the state. Click here to take action today! 

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We all share an important role in educating our communities and our elected officials about the challenges families in Alaska face in finding quality early care and learning. Get the latest news and get involved in advocacy on behalf of the young children in Alaska.


Children, birth to age five, are best served by a unified, sustainable system; a system comprised of early care and learning, health, and family support. You can learn more about thread’s policy priorities and take action on behalf of children and families in Alaska using thread’s policy resources and tools. And read the full policy agenda from the Alaska Early Childhood Advocacy Group for more information on public policy priorities at the state level.

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The Economics of Early Care and Learning in Alaska:

According to the 2015 Economic Impact of Early Care & Learning Report, the early care & learning sector accounts for $512 million in economic activity statewide. The report, prepared for the Alaska Early Childhood Coordinating Council (AECCC), also highlights some eye-opening data that exposes the crucial role early care & learning plays in Alaska’s economy. For instance, nearly 1 in 6 workers—or 15 percent of Alaska’s workforce—depend on early care & learning services in order to go to work each day. Wages attributed to these workers are estimated to be over $2 billion.