8:00 am Check In & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Summit Begins
Session 1: Bridging to the Future
Learn about the 2023 trends and needs in child care, including COVID-19 relief efforts and impact, current data from the field, and how you can join thread in bridging a future for quality child care.
- Stephanie Berglund, CEO of thread
Session 2: A Guide for the Future
Hear about the latest early care and learning economic impact data and participate in a discussion about how child care impacts our daily lives and our statewide economy.
MODERATOR: Kevin Berry, Associate Professor of Economics, College of Business & Public Policy, UAA; thread Board Vice President
- Katie Berry, President of McKinley Research Group, LLC
- Nolan Klouda, CEcD, Executive Director of Economics and Research, University of Alaska Center for Economic Development (UA CED)
- Kirsten Shelton, Vice President of McKinley Research Group, LLC
Session 3: Transforming the Future
Get inspired by a panel of local and state leaders who are creating change for the future of child care. From city ordinances and borough investments to state planning and policy change, these leaders will share how they are shaping the future for quality child care.
MODERATOR: Olivia Foster, Registered Nurse, Providence Valdez Medical Center; thread Board Treasurer; Council member, City of Valdez
- Robert Barr, Deputy City Manager, City and Borough of Juneau; thread Board member
- The Honorable Julie Coulombe, Alaska State House of Representatives
- Eric Croft, Assistant Professor in Legal Studies, UAA; Member of the Alaska State House of Representatives from 1997-2006
- Sara Mickelson, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, State of New Mexico – Early Childhood Education and Care Department
- Casie Warner, Program Director for HYPER (Happy Youth Programs and Educational Resources), Seward Prevention Coalition
11:15–11:35 am Lunch Break
Session 4: Partnering Together for a Stronger Future
Discover how businesses and communities can partner to strengthen policies in support of child care.
MODERATOR: Stephanie Berglund, CEO of thread
- Lori Capouch, Rural Development Director, North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives
- Kati Capozzi, President & CEO of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce
- Linda Smith, Director of Early Childhood Initiative, Bipartisan Policy Center
1 pm Close