The following are a sample of resources Best Beginnings believes may provide useful information to parents interested in ensuring their child has the best beginning for a successful future. 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.
Parenting Tips and Child Care Referrals
Alaska Parent Line
For anyone who is raising a child. Get your questions answered from trained parent educators, 12 hours a day, seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – 1-800-643-KIDS. A Service of the Alaska Children’s Trust.
Association for the Education of Young Children – Southeast
Along with other child care related resources, AEYC-SEA’s referral counselors relay information about child care openings, rates, activities, training, experience, and other information to help find quality child care in Southeast Alaska.
Get Outdoors! Alaska
Get Outdoors! Alaska is a coalition formed to take action in the grassroots movement of reconnecting children with nature. Active in several Alaska communities, they raise awareness and provide information to reconnect children with nature, including national and regional news about children in nature and a calendar of local outdoor events.
Fairbanks Families Website
Current information and resources for young families related to parenting, health, early learning, recreation, events, and activities. A collaboration between the Fairbanks North Star Borough Early Childhood Development Commission (ECDC) and Best Beginnings. Read the story behind its creation.
Thrivalaska provides resources and training services to families, centers, and child care homes in Fairbanks, the Interior and Northern Regions of Alaska.
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. They offer child care referrals, training for early childhood educators, a lending library, parenting workshops and classes, and more.
Babies with Special Needs
Infant Learning Program
The Alaska Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program (EI/ILP) assures that early intervention services are available for families with infants and toddlers (birth to age three) with special needs.
Child Care Assistance
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 Web site assists families in determining whether they quaify for child care benefits and contains information on all State of Alaska Child Care Programs.
Alaska Child Care Assistance Calculator
This Web site will help families determine the possibility that they may be eligible for Child Care Benefits. It includes an online calculator for determining the possible level of assistance.
Anchorage Child and Adult Care Program (CAC)
CAC protects the health and safety of children in child care centers and homes, and adults in supervised residential treatment facilities. Find information and regulation compliance history on individual licensed centers and in home child care.
Health and Development
A State of Alaska program, which provides excellent health insurance coverage for children through age 18 and pregnant women who meet income guidelines.
Programs for Infants and Children, Inc. (PIC)
Programs for Infants and Children, Inc. provides early intervention services for children from birth to age three with developmental delays or disabilities.
Providence Child Development Center
Offers parenting and childbirth classes taught by highly qualified professionals with specialized training in early childhood and prenatal education help new and experienced parents through the wonderful and challenging journey of parenthood.
Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC)
SERRC provides direct student services, school and district support services, community services, and family literacy programs throughout Alaska.
United Way 2-1-1
Alaska 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, health, and human services information and referral system. Get connected to the help you need. Speak directly with an Information and Referral Specialist live by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or search the online data base 24/7.