Giving to Quality Early Care and Education

thread works with and supports thousands of Alaska’s families and early educators by providing resources like teaching materials and books, family friendly events and high quality training for early educators. We invite you to join us in supporting quality early care and education for Alaska’s children.

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Community Events and Conferences Where You Can Find thread!

Statewide

November 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm: thread is partnering with the Child Care Program Office to present a Provider Chat for early childhood educators about regulatory requirements related to suspension and expulsion policies. Join the webinar.

Southcentral

November 2-3, Anchorage: Visit thread's booth at this symposium for pediatric practitioners.


Southeast

First Thursday of the month (during the school year), Juneau: Family Night at the Downtown Library,  5:30 - 7 pm. FREE.

Third Thursday of the month (during the school year), Juneau: AEYC Preschool Family Night at the New Valley Library, 5:30 - 7 pm. FREE.

Every 2nd and 4th Friday, Juneau: Family Nights at the Turf, 5 - 6:30 pm at the Dimond Park Fieldhouse. Light snacks included. FREE


Northern/Interior

More events coming soon!


Parent TALK Community Café Schedule

thread’s Parent TALK is a free group where parents learn, share ideas, and ask questions about the joys and challenges of parenting. Enjoy a free dinner, giveaways, books & resources, children’s activities, and more. Parent TALK meets from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm on the second Thursday of the month, October – June, in thread's second floor conference room at 3350 Commercial Drive, Anchorage, 99501. Pre-registration is required. Registration for an upcoming session opens at 9:00 am the Monday following the previous session.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  FOR THE NEXT PARENT TALK.

October 11, 2018 

Strong Parents Alaska (SPA): Parenting can be stressful, but having the right “tools” in your tool belt helps. This session will focus on the research-based Strengthening Families Framework, which uses five tools called “Protective Factors” to help you build upon your family’s strengths, nurture resilience, and support each member of your family through good times and bad. Come learn about the five simple tools you need to be a strong parent and raise strong, resilient children!

November 8, 2018 Social and Emotional Development: How can you help your child develop trust, empathy, compassion, generosity, and conscience? Your responsive, caring relationship with them is key. Come discuss ideas and tips to support your child in learning to identify and control emotions, communicate, explore, face challenges, and form healthy relationships with others.
December 13, 2018 Playing Through the Seasons in Alaska: Have you run out of ideas to keep your kids from getting restless? Young children need active play every day to support their physical and mental wellbeing. Join us to learn fun activities and other ways you can keep your children active, no matter what season it is in Alaska.
January 10, 2019 AUTISM: Always Unique Totally Interesting Sometimes Mysterious: Does your child or someone you know experience autism? One in 59 children in the US is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Learn more about this different way of experiencing life and how you can support a child diagnosed with ASD.
February 21, 2019 School Options & Educational Insights: Charter schools, Montessori programs, language immersion—there is a variety of elementary options in the Anchorage School District. Not sure which one is right for your child? Join us to learn about the options available and how you can enter your child into the school lottery. 
March 14, 2019 Topic coming soon!
April 11, 2019 Resiliency Through Trauma: Everyone goes through hard times. But we know now that experiencing trauma in childhood affects a person’s health throughout life. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help children heal. Join us to learn how you can build a resilient family that “bounces back” after experiencing stressful or traumatic events.
May 9, 2019 The Birds and the Bees–Help Me Please! “Where do babies come from?” “Why does his body look different than mine?” Are you prepared to answer those complicated questions? Learn how to talk to your child about sex, puberty, bodies, relationships and other tricky subjects.
June 13, 2019 Meaningful Connections: What’s the best way to connect with a toddler? What about when that toddler becomes a teenager? Children do best when they have a caring, responsive relationship with a parent or caregiver. Leave this session with ideas and tips to foster a strong relationship with your child across all ages and developmental stages.