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Other Training Resources

Please note that thread does not conduct or manage the following outside professional development resources.

Professional Development Online Training Center

thread partners with Smart Horizons to provide innovative, cost-effective training for early educators through self-paced, online modules.

Click here to view and register for individual courses or training packages.

You may log in here if you already have an account.

Better Kid Care

Better Kid Care’s On Demand Distance Education system provides low-cost, self-paced child care training, approved for professional development credit in Alaska. There is a $5 fee per lesson to receive professional development hours. Watch a quick introduction video here.

For more information, visit Better Kid Care.

SafeGard Classes Online

SafeGard Classes Online offers a wide range of high-quality classes for the working professional, from childcare to healthcare.

For more information, click here.

Circle Time Magazine

An accessible, friendly, and fun professional development web series focused on early learning in action. Visit Circle Time Magazine.

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI)

ChildCare Education Institute provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings. More than 100 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Early Head Start/ Head Start requirements.

For more information, visit .

Teaching Strategies, Inc.

Teaching Strategies, Inc. offers innovative, effective curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources to programs serving children from birth through third grade.

For more information, visit

University of Alaska

The University of Alaska offers many opportunities for professional development, including distance learning, in the field of early childhood education. Campuses are located throughout the state including: Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, Glennallen, Kenai, Kodiak and Valdez.

For more information, visit


ZERO TO THREE is the premier national resource for information and research on infants and toddlers. ZERO TO THREE offers customized education to meet your needs.

For more information visit