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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

All financial assistance available for child care programs and early educators. Click here

State of Alaska CCPO Announces Capacity Building Funding Available for Child Care Programs. Click here

What's Happening Now

Upcoming Free Webinars

  • Child Care Aware of America Webinar: Practical Ways to Help Children in Child Care Cope with the COVID-19 Crisis: A Perspective from Child Life Specialists                    
    Wednesday, May 27
    11 am to noon (AKST)
    Register Here

  • Child Care Aware of America Webinar: Child Care During COVID-19: Guidance & Implementation from Experts. 
    Watch the Recording

COVID-19 Recovery

  • 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 May 8)

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 June 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

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:

  • Food Supply: U.S. Foods can help provide food for child care programs still operating. Learn more.

Addressing Abuse & Neglect During a Crisis

The following abuse prevention resources are available for early educators and programs:

Prevention While Open

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:

Tell Us Your Story

thread wants to hear from you about how COVID-19 is affecting your family. Share your story.