2022-23 Quality Initiatives

What are Quality Initiatives?

A Quality Initiative (QI) is an opportunity for early childhood education programs and early educators to participate in professional development around a specific early care and learning topic. All QIs through thread involve developing goals that support continuous quality improvement, participation in educational opportunities, technical assistance from a thread Specialist, and financial assistance to support goal implementation.

What Quality Initiatives is thread offering for 2023?

Currently open:

  • New child care businesses: New/Startup Licensed Child Care. Application open until March 31, 2023Apply today!

Currently closed:

  • Go NAPSACC: Applicants selected have been contacted. All others are waitlisted.
  • Breastfeeding Welcomed Here: Applicants selected have been contacted. All others are waitlisted.
  • Wellness 4 U: Applicants selected have been contacted. All others are waitlisted.
  • Social Emotional Toolkit: Applicants selected have been contacted. All others are waitlisted.
  • Staff and Team Wellness: Applicants selected have been contacted. All others are waitlisted.
  • Strengthening Business and Marketing Practices: Applicants selected have been contacted. All others are waitlisted.
  • Infant Toddler: Applicants selected have been contacted. All others are waitlisted.
  • Accreditation: Applicants selected have been contacted. All others are waitlisted.
Questions?

If you have specific questions, please contact [email protected].

New/Startup Licensed Child Care Program

Application open through March 31, 2023 while funds are available.

Now is the time to open or license your child care business as the demand for quality child care is growing! This Quality Initiative (QI) is intended for individual owners/providers and programs in the first year of licensing (with provisional licensing status), or looking to get licensed as centers, group homes, or homes by June 30, 2023. You’ll get the technical assistance you need to achieve licensing.

Important Note: If your program receives the Phase 3 COVID-19 Child Care Stabilization Grant, you will be eligible for a $2,000 QI grant plus additional benefits.

As a participant, you will receive:

  • Orientation to thread services
  • Access to thread Tools providing all the resources you need in one place
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Technical assistance surrounding your goals for your program
  • Financial grant to your program between $2,000-$10,000 (amount dependent on need and availability)

Eligibility

  • Current/active Alaska SEED Registry
  • Submit a completed Initial Licensing Application (State of Alaska or Municipality of Anchorage) or currently hold a valid Provisional Child Care license
  • Interested in increasing licensed capacity, changing from a home to a group home, or opening a classroom

Requirements

  • Sign up for thread Tools
  • Take 8 hours of thread training from a provided menu of trainings
  • Receive up to 5 hours of technical assistance to complete any licensing requirements and develop a project proposal for funding
  • Fill out the QI Evaluation
  • Submit a completed IRS Form W9 with application