Business of Caring Workshop at AEYC/thread
Every 3rd Thursday of the month from 12-1 pm
Come to this informal workshop to learn how to become a provider and about the financial and educational supports available to you through AEYC/thread.
There is no child care? What are my options?
If you have a child under age 6 and are struggling to find child care, you are not alone! There are currently fewer licensed child openings in Juneau and Ketchikan than any time in the past two decades.
1. WAIT LISTS
thread child care referrals can provide information about getting onto waiting lists with child care programs. Remember, to qualify for Child Care Assistance through Catholic Community Services, 463-6184, you will need to have a LICENSED provider. Eligibility based on gross household income.
Tlingit & Haida maintains an approved relative provider list and offers Child Care Assistance based on net income, 463-7137.
Does your child have a special needs diagnosis and participates in Child Care Assistance? They might qualify for the Alaska In! Program. Alaska In! provides additional funding to providers to pay for environmental accommodations, additional staff, training, supplies, etc. You will need to find a LICENSED provider to participate in Alaska In!.
2. thread SEARCH TOOLS for QUALITY PROGRAMS
There are several indicators of quality in a child care program. A quality program is licensed through the State of Alaska, healthy, safe, and offers a playful program. thread, Alaska's Child Care Resource & Referral Network, offers many tools to help you with your search for quality care: the Interview Checklist and the Alaska Quality Early Care & Education Guide.
We encourage you to contact the Child Care Program Office 465-4756 for information on regulations, provider complaint history, or to file a complaint.
3. OPEN A CHILD CARE BUSINESS
Can you afford to stay at home? Would you like to be your own boss? Or maybe you are currently using an unregulated provider? Would your provider consider becoming licensed? Can you think of a friend or relative who may want to get approved or licensed to offer child care? Becoming approved or licensed means eligibility to receive child care assistance funding, grants, food reimbursement, training, and technical support. Take a look at how to Become a Provider for more information.
Advertise your needs with other parents on Facebook, Juneau Parents Group, Juneau Moms, at church, at library story time, or at work. You may also consider hiring a nanny or starting a Parent Babysitting Co-Op.
You have a powerful voice for young children! Child care affects family life, the economy (ability to work and to purchase goods), and the future work force! Let policy makers, educators, the community, and our agency partners know that you support improving early education for young children.
Many parents are finding creative ways to enable one parent to stay home, at least part time. Use this worksheet to help you calculate the true cost of working, and some helpful budgeting links. You might be surprised at how much that second income is really worth!
7. OTHER PARENT RESOURCES: