Fairbanks Families

Website: Fairbanksfamilies.org
Chair: Rachel Hanft, rhanft@nwresource.org
Coordinator: Cheryl Keepers,  ckeepers@fnsb.us or 907-459-1287

Our Story: Fairbanks Families is a partnership of many organizations and individuals from all sectors of the community who are concerned that all children arrive at school ready to succeed. The partnership is coordinated by the FNSB Early Childhood Development Commission. Together with our partners, we identify opportunities to support children and their families as well as strengthen community support for early childhood. Future goals include expanding the partnership to include more segments of our community (such as the military), strengthening engagement with the FNSB school district, facilitating the establishment of a home visiting program for the general community, and continually expanding community outreach and education.

Working Groups:
Fairbanks Families website – Meghan Maroney
Alyeska Best Beginnings Family Fair – Audrey Diseth
Social Marketing – Open
Family Support – Open
Early Literacy – Open

Partners:
Alaska Center for Resource Families
Fairbanks Children’s Museum
Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Learning Center
Fairbanks Native Association Head Start and Tribal Home Visiting Program
FNSB School District
Design Alaska
Latinos Unidos del Norte
Noel Wien Public Library Youth Programs
North Star Imagination Library
Resource Center for Parents & Children
Sue Hull
Thread Child Care Resources & Referrals
Thrivalaska: thread and Head Start Birth to Five
UAF CTC Early Childhood Education Program and Early Childhood Lab School
US Army Child, Youth & School Services

Major Accomplishments

  • Organize play groups for indoor winter play
  • Offer activity scholarships for young children
  • Provide early literacy training and support for child care professionals
  • Host the annual Alyeska Best Beginnings Health Fair – Read more »
  • Managed media campaign on the importance of early childhood and early literacy
  • Participate in community events: Parents’ Pit Stop at the Tanana Valley Fair, Mush for Kids, A Woman’s Affair, Fairbanks Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, FNSB School District Kindergarten Round Up

To get involved: contact Cheryl Keepers, 907-459-1287 or ckeepers@fnsb.us.


Oasis of calm at Tanana Valley Fair
The Parents’ Pit Stop was a huge success at the 2013 Tanana Valley State Fair held in Fairbanks in August, serving nearly 2,000 people. Parents with infants and toddlers could relax, recharge, and receive local information on family resources and health. Staffed by 42 volunteers from 16 local agencies, Parents’ Pit Stop was organized by the Fairbanks Breastfeeding Coalition in collaboration with Fairbanks Families, a Best Beginnings Partnership.