thread is working with the State of Alaska Child Care Program Office and the Municipality of Anchorage Child Care Program Office on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is committed to providing you the latest news and information to help you ensure the health and safety of your staff, children and families.
thread Services (as of March 17)
thread’s offices are physically closed, but we are open for business and providing all services via telephone and/or through distance delivery.
- Training — When possible, training content will be offered/delivered through distance education delivery. If you have recently registered for training you will receive information from thread notifying you of the training status. Watch training calendar for updates.
- On-site Services — Training and/or technical assistance will be available through distance delivery methods as possible. Please contact your Professional Development Specialist for more information.
- Travel Reimbursements — thread is discouraging early educator travel during this time. If you have a pending Alaska SEED travel request/reimbursement, please contact Alaska SEED by calling 907.265.3194 or email to discuss your specific needs.
Latest Government Updates
- March 23: State of Alaska health mandates
- March 20: Anchorage Mayor announces Emergency Order to “Hunker Down” to prevent spread of COVID-19 (Muni.org)
- Child Care Aware of America | Alaska Resources
Licensing & Regulations
For questions about licensing and regulations:
State of Alaska Child Care Program Office (CCPO) and Child Care Licensing
Child Care Assistance
- Web: Click here
Municipality of Anchorage
Deciding to Remain Open/ Close
For programs deciding to remain open or close, the following resources can help you consider your options.
- Should I Close My Child Care Program? [Flowchart] (Child Care Aware of America)
- Guidance for K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs (CDC)
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 (CDC)
Prevention While Open
For child care programs staying open, prevention means staying vigilant about hand hygiene and keeping a close eye on children and staff who are showing signs of illness. These resources provide you with tips for keeping children and staff healthy.
- Daily health checks (National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education)
- COVID-19 Resources (Institute for Childhood Preparedness)
- COVID-19 Resources Child Care Programs Flier [PDF] (Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services)
- COVID-19 Programs Poster [PDF] (Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services)
- Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist [PDF] (US Department of Health & Human Services)
- Disaster Planning for Children’s Needs Resources (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- FAQs (CDC)
The USDA has extended the use of Alaska’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and school lunch programs to ensure children affected by child care and school closures can receive a free meal. Families can check with their local school district to access services in their local area.
- Anchorage School District Meal Distribution
- Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Meal Distribution
- Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Meal Distribution
- Juneau School District Meal Distribution
Other Local Resources
- 211: If you have questions about COVID-19 you can call 2-1-1 or 800.478.2221 in areas without 211 access.
- #Resilient-19 (Alaska Children’s Trust)
- Help Me Grow Alaska
- What Alaskans Can Do to Prepare [PDF]
Small Business Supports
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans – Programs can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan through the SBA. Up to 2 million dollars is available to small businesses to help offset economic damage due to the COVID-19 virus. Allow 14 – 21 days to fund from date of application. Read more here.
- Facebook Small Business Grants – Facebook is offering cash grants and ad credits to small businesses to assist with economic disruption due to COVID-19. Learn more here.
- Mat-Su Health Foundation is offering (COVID-19 prevention and response grants to Mat-Su nonprofit organizations. Learn more here.
To help you weather this growing public health and economic crisis, thread is providing you with opportunities to contact your state and national legislators through our Advocacy Center to tell them what you need during this crisis.
- Action Alert: Help Alaska’s Child Care Sector Survive
- Action Alert: Tell your Members of the U.S. Congress to support child care in their COVID-19 stimulus.
- March 21: Without clear guidance, child care providers make tough choices (APM)
- March 19: With school closures keeping kids home, Alaska families scramble to work and care for children (KTOO)
- March 18: Anchorage’s child care options are uncertain (Alaska News Nightly) (at 13:15)
- March 17: Without mandate to close, Alaska child care providers face tough choices (Anchorage Daily News)