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Alaska System of Early Education and Development (SEED)

Feb 9, 2016

Alaska System for Early Education Development (Alaska SEED) is a system of professional development for Alaska's field of Early Care and Education.

SEED was created in 2001, funded with federal grant dollars, to help Alaska meet the professional development standards for Head Start. Though federal funding ended in 2007. SEED continues its work with funding from thread, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Network.

SEED, is based at thread, and is a collaborative of Head Start, the Tribal Childcare Association, State of Alaska Departments of Education and Early Development, Health and Social Services, Labor, thread, and other nonprofit agencies in Alaska. SEED integrates and recognizes the needs of a diverse workforce, which includes early care and learning providers, certified teachers, early interventionists, administrators, and others working in related positions that support the development of young children.

SEED’s Mission is to advocate for the best interests of Alaska’s young children and support coordination of comprehensive services for them, with an emphasis on professional development for teachers and caregivers of young children through age 8.

A part of Alaska SEED is the SEED Registry, a database supporting early childhood professionals. This dynamic database tracks educational and professional development milestones of early educators on an individual basis. The data remains confidential, and is used for reporting purposes. It provides the vital link between various aspects of the Professional Development System within Alaska.

In order to be successful as well as capture current trends in Alaska, thread is working to grow Alaska’s SEED. 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. Annually, with staff in 13 locations and services in 58 Alaskan communities, thread trains over 2,500 early educators and offers onsite assistance and consultation to almost 200 early care and education programs throughout Alaska. The name “thread” was chosen to signify the common thread that ties together a network of support to families, early educators and communities throughout Alaska.

Thread encourages early educators, teachers, administrators and others working in the field of early childhood to join the Alaska SEED Registry.

SEED identifies four main purposes of the registry:

  1. Collecting statewide data on the workforce
  2. Bringing recognition and professionalism to the field of early care and education
  3. Informing policy makers about the early care and education workforce
  4. Tracking individual advancement on the Early Childhood Professional Development Framework for practitioners

Alaska SEED also offers three ways early childhood professionals can receive reimbursement for the cost of professional development activities:

  1. Professional Development Reimbursement (PDR): A Professional Development Reimbursement (PDR) provides Early Care and Learning professionals residing in Alaska with funding of up to $1,500 per fiscal year (July 1”June 30) for higher education and/or training.

  2. Pathways to Professionalism Award (P2P): The P2P Award provides Early Care and Learning professionals who reside in Alaska with funding of up to $425 for one CDA Application or Renewal fee per person, per fiscal year (July 1”June 30), paid directly to the Council for Professional Recognition or as a reimbursement for the CDA Application or Renewal fee.

  3. Travel Reimbursements (TR): A TR reimburses travel costs for individuals operating or working in licensed child care programs in Alaska with up to $1,000 per State fiscal year (July 1”June 30) for travel expenses directly related to early childhood education, health and safety, facility administration or topics directly related to working with young children.

Learn more about the Alaska SEED Registry at www.seedalaska.org.

Reviewed February 2016.

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