Early Educator Health and Wellness: Building Resilience for the Early Education Workforce, Children, and Families Grant
In partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA), Anchorage Health Department (AHD), thread is now accepting applications for the Early Educator Health and Wellness: Building Resilience for Early Education Workforce, Children, and Families Grant.
This grant provides early childhood educators working in licensed programs in the MOA with wellness training, telehealth, tele counseling, teletherapy services, and assistance navigating HealthCare Exchange. Please join thread in illuminating the impact early childhood educator’s health and wellness has on building resilience for early educators, young children, and families.
When early educators are healthy, both physically and mentally, they can be more attuned to their jobs and co-workers, and better able to meet the needs of the children they serve. A nationwide survey conducted by Teaching Strategies (October 2022) of 2,300 early childhood educators found 45% are experiencing high levels of burnout and mental health challenges and a study conducted by RAPID in December 2022 had similar results and found 71% of early childhood educators reported burn-out or “compassion fatigue”.
of surveyed early educators felt burned out “often” or “always.”
This grant supports the following opportunities for you:
Attend Free Wellness Training
Register to attend Deep Support: How Self-Care & Boundaries Foster Resilience with Woodrie Burich, owner and executive coach from The Integration Group, LLC hosted by thread.
Access Telemedicine & Teletherapy Services At No Cost
Sign up for telemedicine and teletherapy services (doctors and mental health professionals by phone) provided by AllyHealth/Optima Benefits and Payroll at no cost to you.
Get Help Navigating HealthCare Exchange
Request information and assistance to help you find the right healthcare plan for you and your family, renew your current plan, or assistance with applications and financial applications, Medicaid and Denali KidCare enrollment.
Currently employed in the Municipality of Anchorage
A current member of Alaska SEED Registry
Educators who work in a licensed child care program within the Municipality of Anchorage
Programs outside of the Municipality of Anchorage
Educators who work for a program outside of the Municipality of Anchorage
Programs licensed by the Child Care Program Office and not the Municipality of Anchorage
Complete the Application to Sign Up:
This application form will collect information about your current health and wellness needs, including access to health benefits. Through this form you can also indicate your interest in attending free wellness training, enrolling in free telemedicine and teletherapy services, and getting assistance with HealthCare Exchange.
The application works best using the Google Chrome web browser on a computer desktop or laptop. You will also be required to upload a signed IRS W-9 form.