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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

COVID-19 Alaska SEED ROOTS Award: Application | FAQs

All financial assistance available for child care programs and early educators. Click here


What’s Happening Now

  • Public Health Disaster Emergency: On Jan. 14, Gov. Dunleavy announced an extension of the State’s COVID-19 public health disaster declaration. The new extension runs through Feb. 14. A signed copy of the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration can be found here.
  • Free Upcoming Webinar: Thursdays with thread – Federal Financial Assistance Round 2. Navigate through the reopening of the Payroll Protection Program. Learn more.
  • Webinar Briefings for Small Businesses on COVID-19 Opportunities (Free), Wednesdays, 2 pm (AKST). Register here.
  • State of Alaska Child Care Program Office Broadcast: Child Care Assistance Program – Waiver of Family Co-Payments Announcement

COVID-19 Vaccine


Recorded Webinars

  • Thursdays with threadWhat Are the Needs of Child Care Programs in Alaska Now? Watch it now.
  • Thursdays with threadCan Insurance Cover You during the COVID-19 Pandemic?  Watch it now.
  • Child Care Aware of America WebinarCOVID-19 Risk Among Child Care Workers. Watch it now.
  • Thursdays with threadLegal Considerations for Child Care Programs during COVID-19Watch it now.
  • Thursdays with thread: Licensing, Child Care Assistance, COVID-19 Mandates — and Your Business! Watch it now.
  • Thursdays with threadCOVID-19 Resources for Alaskan Businesses with Jon Bitner from the Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC)Watch it now. Interested in SBDC services? Request an advisor.
  • thread Webinar:  Health Guidance for Child Care During COVID-19 with Dr. Elizabeth Ohlsen, August 17Watch it now.
  • CDC FoundationEvolving Your COVID-19 StrategyWatch it now. 
  • Child Care Aware of America WebinarChild Care During COVID-19: Guidance & Implementation from Experts.
    Watch it now.
  • Early Childhood National CentersSocial Distancing in Early Care and Education – Feasible or Impossible? Watch it now.

COVID-19 Recovery


thread Services (as of March 17)

thread’s statewide offices are physically closed, but we are open for business and providing all services via telephone and/or through distance delivery.

  • Trainingthread’s trainings are FREE through June 2021 and will be delivered via distance education delivery. Visit thread’s 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 Reimbursementsthread 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
Child Care Assistance
Municipality of Anchorage

National Resources


Resources to Stay Safe & Healthy

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:


Planning to Open/ Close

The following resources are available for programs deciding to remain open or close:


Resources for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Supplies

The following resources are available for programs:


Supporting Children During a Crisis

The following resources are available for early educators and programs:


Legal Resources

The following legal resources are available for early educators and programs for consideration:

Businesses
  • Alaska COVID-19 Small Business/Nonprofit Virtual Legal Clinic: Free attorney consultation for small businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees (Through April 2021). Read more.
  • Alaska Free Legal Answers (Q&A): Attorneys answer written questions on civil matters for low-income Alaskans. Read more.
  • Alaska Courts Self-Help: Resources for representing yourself and your business in court, including debt collection, delinquency and small claims. Read more.
Individuals
  • Alaska Legal Services Corporation: Legal assistance for low-income Alaskans in civil matters, including consumer, family, housing, public benefits, healthcare, and Alaska Native, senior, and veteran issues. Read more.
    • Alaska Law Help: Guide to self-help and free and low-cost civil legal resources for low-income and senior Alaskans. Topics include COVID-19, family, domestic violence, money problems, housing, seniors, life planning, health care/public benefits, Alaska Native, victims rights, and tribal courts. Read more.
    • Landlord/Tenant Hotline: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8pm (AKST)
      • Anchorage: 907-743-1000
      • Statewide: 855-743-1001
    • COVID-19 Hotline: Statewide: 844-263-1849
  • ANDVSA: Legal assistance for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Read more.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice: Human rights protection, in particular for immigrants, refugees, and Alaska Native communities. Read more.
  • Disability Law Center: Social Security Disability Insurance applications; disability-related employment discrimination; Medicaid/Medicare appeals; special education access; access to voting; and mask policy exemptions. Read more.
  • Alaska Courts Self-Help: Resources for representing yourself in court; includes family law, domestic violence, debt collection, delinquency, housing, probate, small claims, and traffic cases. Read more.

Tell Us Your Story

thread wants to hear from you about how COVID-19 is affecting your family. Share your story.