Eligibility & Requirements

thread, in partnership with The Alaska Community Foundation and State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), is pleased to support early childhood and afterschool/school-age education programs in providing quality care to Alaska’s children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Quality Initiative 2 provides financial support in the range of $1,000-5,000 to eligible programs.

What is thread’s COVID-19 Quality Initiative 2?

Recognizing the vital role Alaska’s early childhood and afterschool/school-age education programs have in keeping children safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, thread is providing a second COVID-19 Quality Initiative. The intent of this initiative is to strengthen early childhood and afterschool/school-age education programs that continue to deliver quality care and education during the pandemic.

This initiative also provides thread an opportunity to better understand the overall support received by the early childhood education sector during the pandemic as well as needs for the future. As such, there is a series of funding questions at the end of the application. Responses will be kept confidential and will only be used for the purpose of thread’s continued advocacy efforts and to connect programs with needed resources and supports.

What are the eligibility requirements to participate?

To be eligible for thread’s COVID Quality Initiative 2, programs must meet one of the following categories and associated requirements:

  • Licensed, Early Childhood Education (Child Care) Program
    • Open
    • Have children (ages birth to 12) enrolled and attending in-person care
    • Licensed by the State of Alaska, Child Care Program Office or the Municipality of Anchorage, Child Care Licensing
  • Exempt, Child Care Program
    • Open
    • Have children (ages birth to 12) enrolled and attending in-person care
    • Listed as exempt center by the State of Alaska, Child Care Program Office or the Municipality of Anchorage, Child Care Licensing
  • Afterschool/School-Age Program
    • Open
    • Have children (ages birth to 12) enrolled and attending in-person, virtually, or working on take-home materials
    • Serving children 5 days/week for a minimum of 1.5 hours/day for a calendar school year
    • Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program served children in-person 

What financial support is available through the COVID-19 Quality Initiative 2?

Eligible early childhood and afterschool/school-age education programs may receive financial support in the range of $1,000 to $5,000 (maximum). Financial support is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and is not guaranteed. Payments will be made by check within 60 days of an approved application.

What if my program is currently closed due to COVID-19?

Early childhood and afterschool/school-age education programs currently closed are not eligible for thread’s COVID-19 Quality Initiative 2.

What may the funds be used for?

Funds from thread’s COVID-19 Quality Initiative 2 may be used for any expenses to support program needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How do I apply?

Apply online here for thread’s COVID-19 Quality Initiative 2.

You will also need to upload IRS form W9. Click here to download/complete form. To protect your personal information, please submit your W9 as part of the application and not directly to thread.

Applications must be completed, signed and submitted to thread by October 31, 2020.

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If you need help applying, please email thread, or call toll-free 800.278.3723.