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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’s statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Network, thread, to assist early care and education programs in providing high quality care and education for young children. Services offered include free marketing of licensed child care programs, lending libraries, professional development and training, support, and funding opportunities. For more information visit thread's website to learn more.​​​​ 


Training and Professional Development

thread provides on-going trainings that count support early educators in professional development learning. On-going courses include:

•  Planting the SEED of Success, a 40 hour foundation course for the System for Early Education Development (SEED);
•  Specialized training for care of school age, infant, and toddler aged children;
•  Training for family child care programs; and 
•  A variety of training in content areas including but not limited to: Professionalism; Relationships with Families; Safe and Healthy Environments; and Social and Emotional Development.
Distance delivery training is also available for rural programs.

On-site technical assistance and consultation by phone is available for both licensed and approved child care programs.
Trainings offered assist early childhood educators as they advance their professional development toward a nationally recognized Child Development Associate credential (CDA), which is accepted by the University of Alaska as 6 early childhood credits. Trainings offered assist advancement through the Alaska SEED levels.

Reimbursement of costs for qualified trainings may be available to early educators working in child care programs. This can include 100% of costs for university classes, first aid and CPR classes, conference registration, CDA Application fee, and travel. Please see to learn more.

Click here for a calendar of training in your area.

 Additional links are:
•  Alaska SEED
•  Council For Professional Recognition

How to Get Child Care Referrals

thread refers families looking for care to licensed and approved child care programs at no charge. Your child care program can also receive free marketing through thread. These services require enrollment and information to get started.
For more information on how to get child care referrals and/or receive free marketing, visit thread's website at or contact thread at:

•  Statewide outside the Municipality of Anchorage, toll free at: 1-800-278-3723
•  Within the Municipality of Anchorage only at: (907)-265-3100.

Caring for Children with Special Needs

Some children need additional assistance in order to be included in child care. The Alaska Inclusive Child Program (Alaska IN!) is administered by the Child Care Program Office to give extra support to families with children who have special needs in accessing inclusive care and offer supplemental funding to providers for training, needed accommodations, and support to help them meet the child’s individual needs. The purpose of Alaska IN! is to enhance the skills of the child care provider, promote inclusive child care practices in child care settings, and ensure families participating in the Child Care Assistance Program, including children with special needs, have access to child care. This also helps ensure children with special needs have a stable and consistent child care provider who can meet their 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, click here.

Lending Libraries

thread maintains lending libraries in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks. Each library includes books, videos, and learning materials to support early care and education and healthy child development of young children. Child care program in any community may call to request materials to be sent by mail. Visit thread's website at to learn more.

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