Child Care Program Office Broadcast: March Market Price Survey Now Open

March 17, 2021

The following broadcast was released by the Alaska Child Care Program Office on March 17, 2021

It is time for completion of the March 2021 Child Care Market Price Survey!

Whether or not you completed the first Market Price Survey in November through December 2020, we are asking for your participation again in this second survey.

Staff members from the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska Anchorage are assisting the Child Care Program Office (CCPO) in asking for information on your rates and costs to provide child care services. The results of this survey will be used in a confidential manner to make recommendations for payment rates for subsidized child care in Alaska.

This purpose of this survey is to collect more information on costs and the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on child care. The service month of focus will be February 2021. This information will help the state learn more about how the costs of providing child care are changing in Alaska. Cost and fee information help  the CCPO determine payment rates for CCAP participating child care providers. As always, the results of this survey will be kept completely confidential. Information that is specific to your center or home will never be used in reports or discussed in meetings.

Your survey answers provide extremely valuable information for the CCAP. Your participation in this survey is critical to this process and to rate revisions.

We ask that you please complete the survey in entirety as soon as you receive an email (from UAA) with a survey link.

If you are not able to complete the survey online, you also have the option of submitting the information by telephone or email. You can request a PDF copy of the survey be emailed. You can then print the survey and complete it by hand.

To return to us please scan the completed survey and email it to us at: [email protected]. To complete by phone, please call us at (907) 786-5412 and leave a message requesting to complete the survey over the phone—an interviewer will return your call to complete the survey.

Please complete this survey by April 19, 2021. If your facility’s survey response is not submitted in the next two weeks we may contact you by telephone as a follow-up.

If you have questions about completing the survey or you do not have access to the internet, you are encouraged to contact ISER researcher, Jessica Passini at [email protected] or (907) 786-5412. If you would like to provide feedback on the market price survey, please send that information to the Child Care Program Office Eligibility and Benefits Team at [email protected].

Thank you in advance. Your assistance in this effort will help to ensure that Alaska’s children and families continue to have access to child care services.

Sincerely,

Child Care Program Office