thread's new training and payment policies

thread has new training and payment policies! Please be sure to read them and contact your nearest thread office if you have questions.
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Distance Learning

Distance Learning: Online, At Your Own Pace, Self-Study

Professional Development
Online Training Center

Smart Horizons: The Smart Choice in Early Childhood Educationthread partners with Smart Horizons to provide innovative, cost-effective training for early educators through self-paced, online modules. Click here to view and register for individual courses or training packages.

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Self Studies available at thread

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome & Shaken Baby Syndrome: This self-study fulfills the licensing requirement for SIDS and SBS training for two hours of training credit. As of July 1, 2014, in Southcentral Alaska this self-study will no longer be available for early educators living in a community where the classroom training is provided. The self-study modules will be reserved for early educators who are unable to access a training location. Alternately, training in SIDS/SBS can be completed online through the Child Care Aware Training Academy.

Cost: $15

Inclusion: This self-study is designed to support programs providing inclusive child care to children with a diagnosed special need. New ideas and strategies for promoting optimal development, using environmental supports and working with families will be discussed. Participants will complete 6 hours of training upon completion of the 3 modules.

Cost: $45

Accreditation: The accreditation self-study has three parts and is designed as an introduction to the accreditation process. It reviews eligibility, criteria standards, costs associated with applying for accreditation, the benefits of becoming accredited, and thread services that may be able to support your program during the accreditation process.

Cost: $45

Contact your nearest thread office to order a self study today!

Additional Distance Learning Options

ABCD (Alaska Based Child Development) Elearning

This web-based training honors all learning styles. Each training module offers 20 hours toward completion of a CDA (Child Development Associate credential), or toward state licensing requirements. Our goal is to help you reflect on your experiences, and explore best practice ideas in order to increase your comfort, teaching skills, and effectiveness in working with young children and families. You will be supported by an early childhood trainer, and connect with other early childhood educators through informal on-line discussions. You can work at your own pace to complete a module within three months, with choices of engaging activities.  For more information or to register for a module, visit or call 1-888-785-1235.

Better Kid Care

Better Kid Care is a low cost online Child Care Training, approved for professional development credit in Alaska. Providers living in military-rich communities in Alaska have had access to free BKC online training through thread’s Military Child Care Quality Initiative grant. Unfortunately, with the ending of this grant, free training will end July 31, 2014. However, the BCK On Demand Lessons are still very affordable at a cost of $5.00 per lesson.

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI)
ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 100 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials. Several certification programs have been evaluated and awarded college credit recommendations by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS). CCEI is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and is authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990, license number 837.