Mission: Aeyc southeast alaska promotes high quality early learning for all children, birth through age eight, by supporting all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.
Programs: Professional development - this program provides support, professional development training and resources to licensed child care providers. In fy17 aeyc supported 380 childcare providers in southeast alaska with 43 different trainings for a total of 1,771 training hours. 54 providers were provided assistance in receiving their child development associate credential. 22 programs received on site technical assistance. 58 providers received quality improvement grants to assist with program excellence. We awarded educational wage incentives to 29 providers who had higher education credentials. Also 24 providers were provided online training modules we offer called abcd elearning on four different topic levels. Our annual southeast early learning conference was attended by over 200 early educators who received 2. 5 days of training on early childhood trauma.
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 fy17 aeyc provided reimbursement for 88,757 meals by 24 child care providers for slightly over 200 children. The child care food program is offered to all licensed family child care programs in juneau, ketchikan, wrangell and haines. The program also provides annual nutrition training sessions for all participants in the program. Individual training sessions are also available during in home visits throughout the year.
parent support services - home visitation program for families with children from birth to three years old. In fy17 we expanded the program to siblings of children enrolled in the program up to age five. Services were provided to 46 families and 75 children in the community of juneau. 500 in home visits were conducted and families received development screenings and referrals to programs as needed. Program also sponsors monthly parent connect meetings which are an opportunity for families in the program to meet each other and learn a theme based skill. In fy17, 12 meetings were held with a total of 459 participants. In fy17 circles of security parent education classes were held to increase parenting skills and a total of 28 parents attended the four sessions of six week classes.
community based support programs- projects related to parenting, literacy and health promotion. Family night at the turf field was held for fifteen sessions with total participation of 1,546. Headstart and family child care homes and centers participated in weekly sessions at the turf field house with 1,841 children for a total of 66,762 participant hours of physical education activities. Born learning bulletins were sent to 1,300 families each month for nine months of the grant year. Dolly parton's imagination library had 1,650 children signed up to receive a book a month and over 18,828 books were distributed in fy17. Two community events, the baby and preschool learing fairs were held with attendance of over 360 families. In addition, three headstart family night events had over 70 participants each night.