Difficulty Finding Care

It’s never too early to plan your family’s child care. Use these additional ideas and resources if you’re having difficulty.

Get on the Wait List

thread Specialists can provide information about getting onto waiting lists with early childhood education programs.

Start a Business of Caring

If you want to be your own boss and help Alaska’s children and families to learn and grow, the business of child care may be for you! thread can help get your business started today. Learn about starting a child care program, or call your local thread office.


Advertise your needs with other parents on social media, parent/mom groups, at church, at library story time, or at work. You may also consider hiring a nanny or starting a Parent Babysitting Co-Op.

Consider Who You Know

thread can help your friends, relatives, or unregulated providers get approved or licensed to offer child care. This helps with eligibility in receiving child care assistance funding, grants, food reimbursement, training, and technical support.

Explore the Option of Staying at Home

Many parents find creative ways to enable one parent to stay home, at least part time. Use this worksheet to help you estimate the true cost of working versus staying home and some helpful budgeting links.