As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, we want you to know that we are here for you and your family. Below are some resources
and updates to support you and your family during these uncertain times.
Based on CDC recommendations, all thread offices statewide are physically closed to the public until further notice. However, thread is open for business and will be providing all services via telephone and/or through distance delivery.
If your child care program is closed, we encourage you to stay home and avoid placing your children in alternate care, if possible. We also understand every family has a unique situation. If you need assistance with child care referrals, contact us at 800.278.3723 between 9 am and 5 pm, or use our online search tool. We can provide you with the latest information on which programs are open and have vacancies.
The Municipality of Anchorage has launched a map showing the status of early childhood education programs in the municipality.
Health & Safety Supplies Needed
Do you have extra supplies such as diapers, gloves, bleach, toilet paper, baby wipes, or hand sanitizer? Here’s an easy way to help! If your child care
program is open, please check to see if your program needs any supplies to ensure it can meet health & safety requirements.
Check with your local school district to access services in your 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
Plan and Prepare for COVID-19
- Alaska 2-1-1: If you have questions about COVID-19 you can call 2-1-1 or 800.478.2221 in areas without 2-1-1 access.
- The American Academy of Pediatric’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus page:
The AAP’s family website, HealthyChildren.org recently released a summary web page about the virus, its symptoms, who’s at risk and how to prepare
- CDC Resources for Home:
Create a household plan of action with checklists, cleaning and disinfectant recommendations, and FAQs.
- What about play dates? The New York
Times asked the experts what social distancing means for playdates.
- Working and Learning from Home: The AAP’s family website, HealthyChildren.org, has tips for staying at home, including
whether to worry about extra screen time.
- Preparing for Emergencies:
This PDF download contains brain-building tips from Vroom.
Talking to Children About COVID-19
- NPR’s Just for Kids comic about COVID-19:
This comic answers kids’ questions about the Coronavirus. It can also be printed and read to younger children.
- Child Mind Institute’s Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus:
Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be.
Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.
- PBS Kids: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
Emotional Well-Being & Stress Management
- Alaska Children’s Trust: #Resilient-19
- Help Me Grow Alaska: Resources and support for child development
- Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Yoga Ed Youtube Channel: Yoga for Children
- Alo Yoga Youtube Channel: Yoga for Children
- OMTastic Yoga: Free Yoga Resources for Children and Families
- GoNoodle Library: Movement and mindfulness videos
- Mindful Schools:
Free Online Mindfulness Classes for Kids
- Alaska Kids Can Get Out and Play, But Avoid Indoor Play Dates
- Play & Learn Ideas from Experience Early Learning
- Health at Home PE & Health Resources for Parents
- 100 Mile Club Free 26 Day Challenge
- Activities for Kids at Home During School Closures
- PBS Kids Learn and Grow: Age by Age Tips & Activities for Social Emotional Learning, Literacy,
Arts and More!
- We Are Teachers: 16 Card Games to Learn Math
- Khan Academy Kids: Free educational program
for young children
- Squiggle Park: Build reading skills
- Storyline Online: Listen to celebrities
read children’s books
- Playworks Online Game Library
- Imagination Tree Blog: Resources and Activities for Fun at Home
- Scholastic Learn at Home: Day to Day Projects to Keep Kids Growing
- Second Step Summer Reading List
- Kids National Geographic
- Typing Club: Learn to type
- Duolingo: Learn a new language
Working From Home
- How to Master Working From Home—While Under Quarantine With Kids: If you find yourself telecommuting for the first time,
use these tips from full-time work-from-home moms.
- 5 Tips for Effectively Working From Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak, When You Have Kids
- 9 Tips for Working at Home With Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis