Mission: With a cohesive voice, our membership encourages excellence through leadership, advocacy and education, for the needs and rights of all young children in our communities.
Programs: Resource and referral program - this program provides referral services for families looking for quality childcare programs, provides support, professional development training and resources to child care providers, and provides support to parents through classes and information. In fy14, aeyc supported 526 childcare providers in southeast alaska with 55 different trainings for a total of 1,239 training hours, 63 providers with assistance in obtaining their child development associate credential and 49 providers receiving technical assistance. In addition to providing 1,125 referrals to parents for child care services, we supported 10 families with special needs children. Travel reimbursement grants were given to 43 providers. 125 providers received training reimbursements for trainings, tuition and self study fees. Also provided on-site consultation to six programs to improve the quality of care. We began a targeted program of recruitment for new child care providers including evening informational meetings, training by a national speaker on the benefits of a home based child care business, attendance at community events and work with the local economic development council on reaching businesses about job based child care centers.
strengthening families special projects - projects related to parenting, literacy and health promotion. Family nights at the library were held the first tuesday for nine months at the juneau library and another 4 special family events were held throughout the year at various locations with a total participation of 1,554. Family night at the turf field was held for fifteen sessions with total participation of 1,498. Headstart, family child care homes and centers participated in weekly sessions at the turf field house with 1,568 children for at total of 6,272 participant hours of physical education activities. Born learning bulletins were sent to 1,400 families each month for 9 months of the grant year. Dolly parton's imagination library had 2,000 children signed up to receive a book a month and over 23,792 books were distributed in fy14.
home visitation program for families with children from birth to three years old. In fy14 provided services to 50 families in the community of juneau. Program also sponsors monthly parent connect meetings which are an opportunity for families in the program to meet each other, socialize and learn a theme based skill. In fy14, we held 12 meetings with a total of 501 participants
child care food program - family child care providers are enrolled each month in usda funded child care food program which reimburses costs for breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks. In fy14, aeyc provided reimbursement for 55,655 meals by 20 child care providers for over 200 children. The child care food program is offered to all licensed family child care programs in juneau, wrangell and haines. Early childhood educators received professional development activities in the form of educational incentives, training reimbursements, web based elearning modules and affiliate membership with the national organization. This is the second year aeyc was awarded a special initiative from the city of juneau to try to increase the availability and quality of juneau child care services. To that end, we awarded educational wage incentives to 24 providers who had higher education credentials. In fy14 we had 58 participants on the on-line training modules we offer called abcd elearning on 4 different topic areas. Our annual southeast early learning conference was held this year with 170 participants receiving 18 hours of training