History of Alaska SEED

Alaska System for Early Education Development (Alaska SEED) is a system of professional development for Alaska’s field of early childhood and school-age education. Alaska SEED is housed and managed by thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network.


Alaska SEED was created in 2001 at the University of Alaska Southeast, funded with federal grant dollars, with two major goals:

  1. Build a professional development infrastructure for early care and learning providers in Alaska.
  2. Provide direct assistance to individuals in the early care and learning workforce to increase levels of professional development.

In 2008, Alaska SEED was moved and is now housed and managed by thread at its Anchorage office.


Alaska SEED continues its work with funding from the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. The Alaska SEED Steering Committee, with staff support from thread, is actively working on goals identified in its recent Professional Development Plan.