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Child Care Program Office

Information for Providers: Child Care Resource and Referral

mom and childThe Department of Health and Social Services provides funding to the Alaska Child Care Resource and Referral Network, thread, to assist programs in providing high quality care and education for young children. Services offered include referrals, education and a lending library for parents and professional development, training, resources, support, and additional funding opportunities for providers. Most services are provided free of charge families as well as licensed and approved child care programs. For more information visit www.threadalaska.org.

Southcentral Alaska

Anchorage - Lead Office

3350 Commercial Dr, Suite 203
Anchorage, AK 99501
9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday
Phone 907.265.3100 Toll Free 800.278.3723
Fax 907.265.3191 Toll Free Fax 877.563.1959
info@threadalaska.org

Wasilla

Westside Center, DPA Bldg, 877 W. Commercial Dr
Wasilla, AK 99654
9:00am-5:00pm, Monday - Friday
Phone 907.373.5024
Fax 907.373.5067

Southeast Alaska

Juneau

3100 Channel Drive, Suite 215
Juneau, Alaska 99801
8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday
Phone 907.789.1235 Toll Free 888.785.1235
Fax 907.789.1238
info@aeyc-sea.org

Interior/Northern Alaska

Fairbanks

1908 Old Pioneer Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709
8:00am - 5pm, Monday - Friday
Phone 907.479.2214 Toll Free 866.878.2273
Fax 907.479-2486
thread@thrivalaska.com

Training and Professional Development

Child Care Resource and Referral (R&R) agencies provide on-going workshops and seminars that count toward licensing hours and sometimes college credit. On-going courses include the twenty hour SEED Overview of Early Care and education, and the 120 hour Alaska Based Child Development (ABCD) course, along with specialized training for school age, infant toddler, and family child care programs.

On-site technical assistance, and consultation by phone is offered to licensed and approved child care programs. Distance delivery training is also available for rural programs, along with a weekly video broadcast delivered through public television.

Training offered assists early childhood educators as they move from entry level toward a nationally recognized Child Development Associate credential (CDA), or degree in early childhood education. Training is related to the Alaska SEED System for Early Education Development.

Reimbursement of up to $500 per year is offered to persons working in licensed child care programs for qualified child development training. This can include university classes, first aid and CPR classes, conference registration, and travel costs of 75% to100% of costs.

For more information, contact your regional Resource and Referral agency listed above. Additional contacts are:

How to Get Child Care Referrals

Resource and Referral (R&R) agencies offer referrals at no charge to licensed and approved child care programs. To begin receiving referrals, a program completes a questionnaire over the phone or by mail, regarding their program hours, fees, and activities offered. The Resource and Referral agency calls monthly to update openings. If the program does not have openings, or does not wish to receive referrals at any time, the program simply requests that the R&R hold referrals until notified.

Caring for Children with Special Needs

Some children need additional assistance in order to be included in child care. The “Alaska IN!” program administered through the Resource and Referral (R&R) agencies offers extra support for programs in meeting the individual needs of children who may be at risk of removal from a program, or non-inclusion in child care due to behavioral, physical, medical, or other special needs.

The Alaska IN! program determines the accommodations needed for inclusion in the child care program, and offers additional training and support to programs to help them meet the child’s individual needs. If the family qualifies for child care assistance, the program may be eligible for additional funding to provide accommodations needed in order to maintain stable consistent care that meets the individual needs of the child.

For more information, contact the Resource and Referral agency in your region listed above.

Lending Libraries

Resource and Referral (R&R) agencies maintain excellent lending libraries including books, videos, and learning materials to enhance the quality of care for young children. Delivery services are offered on a limited basis in some communities. Licensed and approved programs in any community may call to request materials to be sent by mail. Call your regional Resource and Referral agency listed above for a library application.

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