Alaska Early Childhood Educator Resources

Child at preschoolThe following links are websites Best Beginnings believes may provide useful information to early childhood educators. This list is as an informational resource only. Best Beginnings is not involved with the creation or maintenance of these sites. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement.

Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children
Alaska AEYC and its three local affiliates serve the needs of early childhood education professionals in the state of Alaska.

Alaska Business Licensing Programs
Child care programs must have two licenses: a business license and a child care license. Child care licenses are handled by either the State of Alaska Child Care Program Office (CCPO) or the Municipality of Anchorage Child Care Licensing Program (CCL), depending on where you are located.

Alaska Child Care Program Office (CCPO)
The CCPO monitors, regulates, and licenses child care facilities across the state and further promotes child care quality through grants. Their website assists families in determining whether they are eligible for child care benefits and contains information on all State of Alaska Child Care Programs.

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
A place for teachers in Alaska to find resources and information on jobs, curriculum and standards, grants, programs, development profiles, and more.

Alaska Family Child Care Association (AFCCA)

Promotes quality family child care through accreditation, training and leadership development through specialized technical assistance. AFCCA is located in Anchorage at 7011 Old Seward Hwy, Suite 200. (907) 258-5436

Alaska Head Start Association (AHSA)
A membership organization representing Head Start parents, staff, directors and friends, whose purpose is to support and advocate for children and families. (907) 235-2136.

Anchorage Association for the Education of Young Children
AAEYC hosts the annual Early Childhood Conference each January, which provides opportunities for networking, training, and professional development. AAEYC serves all of Anchorage and surrounding communities including, but not limited to, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, and the Kenai Peninsula.

Association for the Education of Young Children-Southeast Alaska
They cover all of Southeast Alaska including, but not limited to, Juneau, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Sitka.

Northern Interior Alaska Association for the Education of Young Children
Serves all of the Fairbanks North Star Borough and all outlying communities including, but not limited to, Fairbanks, North Pole, Nenana, Healy, and Delta.

Ready to Read Resource Center
A statewide resource promoting early literacy development throughout Alaska by providing books and other resources to children birth to age three and their caregivers.

thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network
Formerly Child Care Connection, thread is a statewide network of professionals who work individually with families and early educators to ensure that they are knowledgeable and supported in guiding children to lifelong success.