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September 8, 2023

thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource & Referral organization, announces a transition of services in the Northern/Interior region.

This month, thread is transitioning to a new business model of unity. thread is moving away from a formal partnership with Thrivalaska and is unifying thread services under one organization.

In 2008, thread partnered with AEYC Southeast (SEA-AEYC) in Southeast Alaska and ThrivAlaska in the Northern/Interior of Alaska to deliver thread services in a statewide Network. Through this three-sister organizational structure, thread services have grown and expanded to better serve the early childhood education community over the years. We are proud of this partnership and its successes but recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we work, engage in services, and communicate. The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and growth brought us an opportunity to better connect Alaskan families and early educators to thread services and expertise across the state.

This transition aims to achieve the greatest impact for more accessible, affordable, high-quality early childhood education. The thread Network organizations have made this transition together so we can continue our commitment to providing all Alaskans the best service possible. We look forward to new ways of partnership with SEA-AEYC and Thrivalaska in our aligned work to support early childhood education in Alaska.

Thrivalaska will continue as a private nonprofit and early childhood service provider in the Northern/Interior region. thread services will remain the same and we will continue providing the best services to Alaska’s families, early educators, and child care programs.

Contact thread

Many of our great team members from Thrivalaska are continuing employment with thread and are here to serve you. Below you will find updated contact information for them. You can also find current information on the thread website.

Kristi Davis – CCA Manager
Phone: 907.479.2212 ext. 25

Glori Hulac – CCA Provider Specialist
Phone: 907.479.2212

Nilda Holyfield – CCA Eligibility Specialist
Phone: 907.479.2212 ext. 27

Saralyn Theriault –CCA Eligibility Specialist
Phone: 907.479.2212 ext. 28

Pam Walker – PDS
Phone: 907.479.2214

Bry Garcia-DeLaCruz – PDS
Phone: 907.479.2237

Stacey Langer – PDS
Phone: 907.479.2235

For questions or assistance, please contact:

Early Educators, Early Childhood Education Programs

Professional Development Services
Jen Clark – Professional Development Director
Phone: 907.265.3124

Learn & Grow
Mischellean Smith – Quality Services Manager
Phone: 907.519.2159

Alaska SEED
Cassie Hulse – Alaska SEED Manager
Phone: 907.265.3114

Family Services

Child Care Resource & Referral and Child Care Assistance Program
Melinda Meyers – COO
Phone: 907-265-3103