More than 30 years of history in Alaska

For more than three decades, thread has been working to advance child development and promote early education outcomes in Alaska. 

thread’s history began in 1985 when it first opened as Child Care Connection in a closet-sized room in the Alaska State Health & Human Services building in Anchorage. Child Care Connection was among the initial grantees for the federal Child Care and Development Block grant.

In 2009 Child Care Connection became thread and partnered with Thrivalaska (formerly Play N Learn) and AEYC-SEA, to deliver child care resource and referral services as a statewide network until 2023. The name thread was chosen to signify “the common thread” that ties together a network of support for Alaska’s families, early educators, and communities. Today, thread delivers services statewide with staff located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Wasilla and the Kenai.

thread has worked tirelessly for the last three decades to support families and early educators in order to increase access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education in Alaska.

More milestones from thread’s history:

thread’s Future

thread is working strategically throughout the state to advance the quality of early education and child development. Over the next decade, thread’s goal is that high-quality early care and education programs are identified as models of quality across the state. This goal requires the continued advancement and development of Learn & Grow, Alaska’s Quality Recognition and Improvement System (QRIS) as well as Alaska’s System for Early Education Development (SEED)thread will be focused on strengthening professional development in the early childhood education field to better meet children’s needs and increase the capacity of the early education workforce.

Another long-term goal is to grow Alaska’s Early Education Fund for Alaska’s Children, an endowment housed at the Alaska Community Foundation. The purpose of this endowment is to support and reward programs seeking and achieving quality standards as well as to increase grant and scholarship opportunities for early educators.