What We Do

What We DoBest Beginnings has taken on an imposing amount of work since this public-private partnership got underway in late 2006. We are fully engaged and hope you’ll join with us in this critical but formidable challenge – there’s a role for every Alaskan to play.

Best Beginnings Priorities

Best Beginnings’ Board of Directors has identified the following priorities, which all support the original recommendations made by the Ready to Read, Ready to Learn Task Force.

  1. Imagination Library
    Best Beginnings is the statewide umbrella organization for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, working closely with participating communities and technical assistance partners to create or expand Imagination Libraries in Alaska.
  2. Early Childhood Partnerships
    Best Beginnings is piloting early childhood partnerships in locations around Alaska, in order to build a comprehensive early childhood network.
  3. Public Engagement
    To encourage all Alaskans to join the effort to ensure all children begin school ready to succeed, Best Beginnings has undertaken a multi-channel media campaign.
  4. Babies on Track Video and Companion Baby Board Books
    Best Beginnings has produced Babies on Track, a 14-minute DVD for parents, along with two baby board books: Our Alaska Family (photographs of baby faces) and Let’s Talk Alaska! (Alaska objects). Using delightful images of Alaska babies on location around the state, the video and books foster early learning and healthy brain development at home in easy, convenient ways.
  5. StoryTRACKS
    Imagine a path lined with sign posts, and on each sign is a page from a children’s picture book. As your family moves along – walking, biking, strolling – you and your children can read the story. Reading, Nature, and healthy activity – combined!
  6. Multilingual Early Learning Activity Guides
    In 2007, the Alaska Children’s Trust awarded Best Beginnings a 4-year grant to produce family-friendly activity guides based on the ELGs, in languages other than English.
  7. Quality Rating and Improvement System
    Best Beginnings developed a QRIS for Alaska, which provides the framework for a standards-based early care and learning system for out-of-home programs. The next step is a field test.
  8. Early Learning System
    Best Beginnings works with partners in both the private and public sectors to develop a culturally-responsive, comprehensive and accessible statewide early childhood system that empowers families, links service providers, and engages communities on behalf of young children.