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Eligibility & Requirements

Alaska SEED is pleased to support the work of early childhood and school-age educators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the COVID-19 Alaska SEED ROOTS Award?

The COVID-19 Alaska SEED ROOTS (Retaining Our Outstanding Teachers) Award recognizes the essential work of early childhood and school-age educators in keeping children safe and healthy during the pandemic. The intent of this award is to provide financial assistance to the early childhood and school-age educators who have been on the frontlines, and encourage a continued professional commitment to the early childhood and school-age field during and after the pandemic.

What are the eligibility requirements to participate?

  • Current/active membership in the Alaska SEED Registry. 
    • Enroll or renew your expired Alaska SEED Registry here.
  • Employed by the same licensed (State of Alaska or Municipality of Anchorage) child care facility, Head Start/Early Head Start, Before/Afterschool, or Pre-Elementary School District program for at least 6 consecutive months.
    OR
  • Employed in a licensed (State of Alaska or Municipality of Anchorage) child care facility, Head Start/Early Head Start, Before/Afterschool, or Pre-Elementary School District program, and have been in the early education field since January 1, 2020.

What financial support is available through the COVID-19 Alaska SEED ROOTS Award?

Individual early childhood or school-age educators meeting the eligibility requirements may receive $500/per person. Financial support is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and is not guaranteed.

What may the funds be used for?

Funds from the COVID-19 Alaska SEED ROOTS Award may be used for any personal or professional expenses.

How do I apply?

Apply here for the Alaska SEED ROOTS Award.

You will also need to upload IRS form W9. 

Applications must be completed, signed, and submitted to Alaska SEED by June 30, 2021.

Apply Now

If you need help applying, please email Alaska SEED, or call toll-free 855.265.7333.