Licensing & Accreditations

thread provides customized services that can help your program meet licensing requirements, including:

Contact your local thread office to learn more about how we can support your program in getting or maintaining a child care license.

Why get licensed?

If you care for more than 4 unrelated children at a time, you are required by law to have a child care license, which is different than a business license. The benefits of having a child care license include:

The State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Child Care Program Office licenses family child care homes, group homes, and centers throughout the state. The Municipality of Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services licenses family child care homes and centers within the Municipality of Anchorage.

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Accreditation is voluntary and is an indicator of a high-quality early childhood education program. Becoming accredited is an extensive process that helps a program move from providing safe care to providing exceptional care.

Accreditation is offered through two professional associations:

thread offers financial assistance in the form of an Accreditation Quality Initiative each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) to support programs with accreditation. Check our grants & funding opportunities for the next offering.

Contact your local thread office to learn more about how thread can help your program take steps toward accreditation.