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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.

Recorded Webinars


COVID-19 Recovery


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
Child Care Assistance
Municipality of Anchorage

National Resources


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:


Deciding to Remain Open/ Close

The following resources are available for programs deciding to remain open or close:


Resources for Supplies

The following resources are also available for programs:


Supporting Children During a Crisis

The following resources are available for early educators and programs:


Legal Resources

The following legal resources are available for early educators and programs for consideration:

Businesses
  • 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.
Individuals
  • 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.