The training in this category is accepted by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Child Care Program Office and the Municipality of Anchorage for annual training clock hours. AIR is recognized as a SEED-approved Training Organization.

What is the Alaska SEED?

Alaska System for Early Education Development (SEED) is a program managed by Thread that is dedicated to advance professional development within the early childhood workforce of Alaska. The Alaska SEED program specifically helps to track individual professional development progress, plan for career advancement, and provide financial assistance and wage compensation initiatives.

Alaska SEED also has a practitioner registry. This registry allows childcare providers in the state of Alaska to increase the number of high-quality early childhood education programs and services, track professional progress, and develop a skilled early childhood workforce. Membership with the SEED Registry increases participants eligibility for extra scholarship and funding opportunities.

AIR Child Care Training Solutions is recognized by Alaska SEED as a Nationally Approved Training Organization. View this on the Alaska SEED website.

Alaska Childcare Training Tools

While there are many great tools available to childcare professionals, here’s two that we’ve found to be very useful.

The 12 Step Career Ladder provided by Alaska SEED offers two distinct career ladders for early childhood/school-age professionals and early intervention/infant learning program professionals. When you join the Alaska SEED Registry, you will be placed on the appropriate ladder. As you complete professional development training, add it to your SEED account to track progress on the ladder.

Financial Support  is available through Alaska SEED. Some financial solutions that Alaska SEED provides are training reimbursements, travel reimbursements, and scholarship opportunities. These solutions can help providers in Alaska advance their careers without the financial burden.

How many annual professional development hours are needed?

According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Child Care Licensing Policies and Procedures Manual, revised February 1, 2020, all full time caregivers must complete twenty-four (24) hours of annual professional development training. All part time caregivers who work less than fifteen (15) clock hours a week must complete twelve (12) hours of annual professional development training.