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
- NEW! Ask State of Alaska to Fulfill its Promise to Child Care (Petition)
- State of Alaska Child Care Program Office Broadcast - Capacity Building Funding Update
- Take the Early Educator Well-Being Survey now! Take the survey here.
- The Alaska Afterschool Network is conducting a brief survey of summer programs for school-age youth. Take the survey here.
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)
- Child Care Aware of America Webinar: Child Care During COVID-19: Guidance & Implementation from Experts.
Watch the Recording
- 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
- 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
- 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
Deciding to Remain Open/ Close
The following resources are available for programs deciding to remain open or close:
- May 15: Guidance for Childcare Programs - Decision Tree (CDC)
- May 15: Guidance for Youth Programs and Camps - Decision Trees (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:
Addressing Abuse & Neglect During a Crisis
The following abuse prevention resources are available for early educators and programs:
- Abuse Prevention During a Crisis: Tips for Educators & Caregivers (Alaska Children's Trust)
- Webinar Series: Addressing Abuse & Neglect During COVID-19 (Zero to Three)
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:
- 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)
Tell Us Your Story
thread wants to hear from you about how COVID-19 is affecting your family. Share your story.