Family Education and Services
The All Alaska Pediatric Partnership works with community partners to advance the health and wellness of Alaska’s children and their families. Help Me Grow Alaska. Whether you are a parent, provider, or responsible for a child in your life, the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership website and call center are resources and support for your child’s wellbeing and healthy development.
In the Discovery Center, visitors of all ages are introduced to Alaska and the Arctic through technology, interactive installations, artwork, marine-life tanks and more. The space is divided into several distinct areas, each providing an opportunity to learn about our Northern environment. The Tote space is designed for young children to explore and play around the theme of Home. Programs for families with children five and younger are offered throughout the year.
The Anchorage Public Library offers many resources and activities for toddler and preschool aged children, including story times, book and kit checkout, a hands-on play area and Countdown to Kindergarten events.
Best Beginnings is a public-private partnership that mobilizes people and resources to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed. Resources include materials, videos, web sites and print pieces for growing strong readers and building strong families.
In Eagle River & Chugiak, on Elmendorf and Fort Rich, FOCUS is the agency that works in respectful partnerships with families in offering Infant Learning services for children with developmental delays.
PIC provides early intervention services to children 0-3 who reside in Anchorage. PIC’s mission is to promote the growth and development of young children who experience developmental delays by supporting and strengthening parents. Parents are encouraged to contact PIC if you have concerns about your child’s development.
Stone Soup is a statewide non-profit that provides information, support, training and resources to assist families caring for children with special needs.
thread provides information and help for families in finding early care and education referrals and parenting support. Training is available for early educators through classes and onsite child care assistance and consultation offered throughout the year.
Early Childhood Community Head Start
CCS Early Learning offers half day comprehensive preschool and family services at Chugiak Head Start Center for children in the Chugiak and Eagle River area for income eligible families.
Cook Inlet Native Head Starts offers both half day and full day preschool services. The mission of the program is to build strong foundations with Alaska Native Families through Alaska Native cultures and education. The program is free to eligible families.
KCI Head Start offers a variety of early learning and family support programs free to eligible families. Programs include: half day and full day preschool programs for Anchorage children ages 3-5, Early Head Start for children 4 months - to 3 years, and Parents As Teachers, a home visiting program.
The Anchorage Child Development Center (CDC) provides full-day, year-round child care for children between the ages of 19 months to five years for income eligible families.