The following broadcast was released by the Alaska Child Care Program Office on Oct. 28, 2020
The Child Care Program Office (CCPO) is committed to continual improvement of the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to increase the availability, affordability and quality of child care services. The CCPO periodically evaluates the current state child care rates by conducting a Market Price Survey to collect data on prices and the number of filled child care slots. This information is used to set state child care rates and to ensure families participating in the CCAP have access to licensed child care as required by the Child Care and Development Fund Plan, which is the federal grant that provides funding for these programs: Child Care Assistance; Child Care Licensing; Child Care Grant; Child Care Resource and Referral; and Alaska Inclusive Child Care Program.
This year, CCPO is working in partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) to conduct the survey. Questions about COVID-19 have been included to get a better understanding of the impacts on child care.
This letter is intended to inform you of the upcoming 2020 Market Price Survey taking place Nov. 9 to Dec. 7 and to help your child care program prepare for this process.
If your program’s contact information or email has changed, please ensure this information has been updated with your Licensing Specialist by Oct. 31 so that you are contacted during the 2020 Market Price Survey period. The Market Price Survey will be a web-based survey.
You will be emailed a survey link on Nov. 9 and will need the following information to complete the survey:
- Your program’s contact information
- Attendance/enrollment, fees, rates and waitlist records for the month of October 2020.
If you gather the information before you click on the survey link, the survey will take about 10-15 minutes. Providers without a working email address in CCPO’s Integrated Child Care Information System will be contacted by telephone.
Please call Alliana Salanguit with UAA ISER at 907.786.4318, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about the survey or for any survey technical assistance.
If you do not receive the survey link on Nov. 9, please contact the CCPO toll free at 1-888-268-4632 and request to speak to an Eligibility and Benefits team member to request the Market Price Survey link.
For more information, visit the CCPO website.