thread Partners with State of Alaska Child Care Program Office to Offer Two New Grants

March 21, 2023

thread, in partnership with the State of Alaska Child Care Program Office (CCPO), is excited to call for proposals for two new competitive grant programs: IMPROVE Child Care Grant and Community INNOVATION Grant. The purpose of the grants is to increase and sustain the availability of affordable, high-quality child care across Alaska after the impact of COVID-19.

For the last three years, thread has been proud to be a partner and act as an intermediary for the State of Alaska in support of the COVID-19 federal relief Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA) and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars. This has included targeted efforts to stabilize child care across the state as well as bolster the child care workforce and quality of child care.

Call for Proposals

The call for proposal period is from March 21 – April 14, 2023. Grant proposals will be evaluated and awarded based on the proposed project criteria/impact.

IMPROVE Child Care Program Grant:
Grant Awards $3,000 – $50,000
Purpose: Improve/expand existing child care facilities after the impact of COVID-19.
Eligibility: Licensed child care programs are eligible to apply.

Community INNOVATION Grant:
Grant Awards $100,000 – $2,000,000
Purpose: Support existing or new community projects to meet a community’s unique child care needs.
Eligibility: Community partnerships are encouraged to apply.

Q&A Session – March 30

thread will be hosting two Q&A session on Thursday, March 30 to provide an overview of each grant program and answer questions.

  • 5:30-6:30 pm Community INNOVATION
  • 6:30-7:30 pm IMPROVE Child Care

Specific questions for the session can be email by Tuesday, March 28 to


The grants are made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), with the State of Alaska’s Child Care Program Office as the lead agency and thread as the intermediary for grant distribution.

This grant was also made possible by funds from Preschool Development Grant – Birth through Five (PDG B-5) grant number 90TP0103. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.