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Child Care Program Office

Information for Parents: Child Care Resource and Referral Services

ReferralsThe Department of Health and Social Services provides funding to Alaska’s Statewide Child Care Resource and Referral network, thread, to assist programs in providing high quality care and education for young children. Services offered included referrals, professional development, training, resources, and support, and lending libraries. Most services are provided free of charge to licensed and approved child care programs. For more information visit

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


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


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

Interior/Northern Alaska


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

Child Care Referrals

The Statewide Alaska Child Care Resources and Referral Network, thread, maintains a database of licensed and approved child care programs, including information regarding hours of operation, current openings, and activities offered. 

thread also provides materials to assist families in selecting quality child care, helping children transition to a new child care program, maintaining positive relationships with child care programs and distributes information about community resources and financial assistance for families with young children.

Inclusive Care for Children with Special Needs

Some children need additional assistance in order to be included in child care. The Alaska Child Care Inclusive Program, “Alaska IN!” is administered through thread offering extra support for families to find a program to meet their child’s needs.​

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

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

Information on Selecting Quality Child Care

Choosing child care is a very important decision for working families with young children. Child Care Resource and Referral agencies help provide guidance, information, and educational materials to help parents know what to look for, what questions to ask, and what their child care options are. Child care referrals can be provided over the phone, by mail, or via the internet. For more information on choosing quality care, contact the Resource and Referral agency in your region from the list above.