Early Childhood Education Resource Center
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis grows in Alaska and worldwide, we want you to know that we are here for you, Alaska's early childhood educators and programs. Below are some resources and updates to support you during these uncertain times.
Financial Aid & Support
NEW! thread's COVID-19 Quality Initiative 2 | Alaska SEED ROOTS Award. Click here
All financial assistance available for child care programs and early educators. Click here
What's Happening Now
- Vote for Kids: Because children can't vote and exercise their voice this election season, we need YOU to vote for kids!
Learn more here.
- Thursdays with thread: Legal Considerations for Child Care Programs during COVID-19. Watch it now.
- Thursdays with thread: Licensing, Child Care Assistance, COVID-19 Mandates -- and Your Business! Watch it now.
- Thursdays with thread: COVID-19 Resources for Alaskan Businesses with Jon Bitner from the Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Watch it now. Interested in SBDC services? Request an advisor.
- thread Webinar: Health Guidance for Child Care During COVID-19 with Dr. Elizabeth Ohlsen, August 17.
Watch the Recording (1 hr, 30 mins).
- CDC Foundation: Evolving Your COVID-19 Strategy. Watch the Recording
- Child Care Aware of America Webinar: Child Care During COVID-19: Guidance & Implementation from Experts.
Watch the Recording
- Early Childhood National Centers: Social Distancing in Early Care and Education - Feasible or Impossible? Watch the Recording
- Leaning On and Building Strengths during COVID-19 Response & Recovery: Operational Considerations for Child Care Programs (Child Care Aware of America) [PDF]
- State of Alaska COVID-Conscious Business Toolkit
- Workers Teletown Hall with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan. Listen to the audio.
- How Child Care Businesses Can Survive COVID-19: Considerations for Child Care Centers (Committee for Economic Development). Listen to the podcast.
- How Child Care Businesses Can Survive COVID-19: Considerations for Family Child Care Homes (Committee for Economic Development). Listen to the podcast.
thread Services (as of July 24)
thread’s statewide offices are physically closed, but we are open for business and providing all services via telephone and/or through distance delivery.
- Training -- thread's trainings are FREE through December 2020 and will be delivered via distance education
delivery. Watch training calendar for updates.
- On-site Services -- Training and/or technical assistance will be available through distance delivery methods as possible.
Please contact your Professional Development Specialist for more information.
- Travel Reimbursements -- thread is discouraging early educator travel during this time. If you have a pending Alaska SEED travel request/reimbursement, please contact Alaska SEED by calling 907.265.3194, or email to discuss your specific needs.
State of Alaska & Municipality of Anchorage - Licensing & Regulations
Questions about State of Alaska and Municipality of Anchorage licensing and regulations can be directed to:
State of Alaska Child Care Program Office (CCPO) and Child Care Licensing
- CCPO: COVID-19 Child Care Provider FAQs [PDF]
- CCPO, Municipality of Anchorage, and thread: COVID-19 Child Care Provider WebEx Meeting (March 26, 2020)
Child Care Assistance
Municipality of Anchorage
- Report: Picking Up the Pieces - Building a Better Child Care System Post COVID-19 (Child Care Aware of America)
- CDC: Interim Guidance for Child Care
- FAQs for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents in School/Child Care Settings (CDC)
- Emergency Child Care & Technical Assistance Center (Child Care Aware of America)
- FDA Updates on Hand Sanitizers with Methanol (FDA)
- Coronavirus for Child Care Providers (Committee for Economic Development)
- Blog: The Critical Work of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies During COVID-19 (Child Care Aware of America)
- Table: State Policies & Ration Changes During COVID-19 (Child Care Aware of America)
- Survey Results: The Impact of the Pandemic on ECE Higher Education Programs (NAEYC)
- Nature-Based Learning Resources (Head Start | Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center)
- Guidance Related to Child Care During COVID-19 (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Federal Response to COVID-19
- CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- CDC: Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs: Before and During an Outbreak
- CDC COVID-19 Resources for Families: Daily Life and Coping
Resources to Stay Safe & Healthy
For child care programs staying open, prevention means staying vigilant about hand hygiene and keeping a close eye on children and staff who are showing signs of illness. These resources provide you with tips for keeping children and staff healthy:
- When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19 (CDC)
- What Child Care Providers Need to Know about Preventing Flu (Child Care Aware of America)
- Back to School Resource Health Kit - Tips for Mindfulness for Teachers, Students & Parents (North Star Behavioral Health)
- COVID-19 Program Posters (CDC)
- Diaper Changing Steps for Child Care (CDC)
- Handwashing and Nail Hygiene (CDC)
- Handwashing Video (Providence Valdez Medical Center)
- Return to School Flow Chart - page 27 [PDF] (Alaska Department of Education and Early Development)
- Creating a COVID-19 Family Plan - in multiple languages (Alaska DHSS)
- Caring for Our Children, COVID-10 Crosswalk (National Center on Early Childhood Education Health & Wellness) [PDF]
- Step by Step Cleaning for Child Care Programs (California Childcare Health Programs)
- Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19 (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Child Care During COVID-19: Guidance & Implementation from Experts (Child Care Aware of America) (Webinar Recording)
- Discussion with CDC Regarding Guidance for Open Child Care Programs (National Administration for Children & Families) (YouTube)
- Daily health checks (National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education)
- COVID-19 Resources (Institute for Childhood Preparedness)
- COVID-19 Resources Child Care Programs Flier [PDF] (Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services)
- COVID-19 Programs Poster [PDF] (Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services)
- Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist [PDF] (US Department of Health & Human Services)
- Disaster Planning for Children's Needs Resources (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- FAQs (CDC)
Deciding to Remain Open/ Close
The following resources are available for programs deciding to remain open or close:
- Child care reopening communications plan with templates (Hi Mama)
- Whether to Close or Stay Open: One of the Hardest Decisions in Child Care (Child Care Aware of America)
- Protocolo de Salubridad (Luna Latinas Unidas)
- Guidance for Child Care Programs (CDC)
- Resources for Pre-K Educators (DEED)
- Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations (URL Defense)
- Checklist for Teachers and Parents (URL Defense)
- Should I Close My Child Care Program? [Flowchart] (Child Care Aware of America)
- Supplemental Guidance for Child Care Programs That Remain Open (CDC)
Resources for Supplies
The following resources are also available for programs:
- How to Access and Pay for COVID-19 Supplies: Child Care Aware of America's latest guidance on clean and safe child care.
- Food Supply: U.S. Foods can help provide food for child care programs
still operating. Learn more.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Request PPE from the State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS). Submit a 213 Resource Request Form (213RR) to the Emergency Operations Center for your request. Visit the DHSS website for more info.
- Gloves, Hand Sanitizer, Cleaners, Shoe Covers, Caps, Gowns, Masks (Edel Weiss)
- Face Shields (Rapid Response)
- Alaska PPE Resource Project (Rasmuson Foundation, UAA College of Health)
Supporting Children During a Crisis
The following resources are available for early educators and programs:
- Being a Helper: Supporting Children to Feel Safe and Secure after Disasters (NAEYC)
- Grieving Children in a Pandemic (Child Care Aware of America)
- Abuse Prevention During a Crisis: Tips for Educators & Caregivers (Alaska Children's Trust)
- Webinar Series: Addressing Abuse & Neglect During COVID-19 (Zero to Three)
The following legal resources are available for early educators and programs for consideration:
- Alaska COVID-19 Small Business/Nonprofit Virtual Legal Clinic: Free attorney consultation for small businesses and nonprofits
with 50 or fewer employees (Through April 2021). Read more.
- Alaska Free Legal Answers (Q&A): Attorneys answer written questions on civil matters for low-income Alaskans. Read more.
- Alaska Courts Self-Help: Resources for representing yourself and your business in court, including debt collection, delinquency and small claims. Read more.
- Alaska Legal Services Corporation: Legal assistance for low-income Alaskans in civil matters, including consumer, family,
housing, public benefits, healthcare, and Alaska Native, senior, and veteran issues. Read more.
- Alaska Law Help: Guide to self-help and free and low-cost civil legal resources for low-income and senior Alaskans. Topics include COVID-19, family, domestic violence, money problems, housing, seniors, life planning, health care/public benefits, Alaska Native, victims rights, and tribal courts. Read more.
- Landlord/Tenant Hotline: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8pm (AKST)
- Anchorage: 907-743-1000
- Statewide: 855-743-1001
- COVID-19 Hotline: Statewide: 844-263-1849
- ANDVSA: Legal assistance for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Read more.
- Alaska Institute for Justice: Human rights protection, in particular for immigrants, refugees, and Alaska Native communities. Read more.
- Disability Law Center: Social Security Disability Insurance applications; disability-related employment discrimination; Medicaid/Medicare appeals; special education access; access to voting; and mask policy exemptions. Read more.
- Alaska Courts Self-Help: Resources for representing yourself in court; includes family law, domestic violence, debt collection, delinquency, housing, probate, small claims, and traffic cases. Read more.
Tell Us Your Story
thread wants to hear from you about how COVID-19 is affecting your family. Share your story.