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State and Territory Profile

STATE/TERRITORY PROFILE - ALASKA

This profile highlights a current innovative effort to promote a subsidy system that is child-focused, family friendly, and fair to providers. It also provides demographic information, Early Care and Education (ECE) program participation and funding, subsidy innovation and program integrity information, program quality improvement activities, and professional development and workforce initiatives. Sources and links are provided at the end of the document

Demographics

Total Population 12 and Under
Total Population 12 and Under. Under 3-Years Old: Total 32731, Percentage 24; 3 and 4-Years Old: Total 21265 Percentage 16; 5 through 12-Years Old: Total 81410 Percentage 60
Source(s): U.S. Census Bureau. (n.d.). In American Community Survey, 2010. QT-P2 Single Years of Age and Sex. Retrieved from American FactFinder: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_SF1_QTP2&prodType=table
Children Living in Working Families
Children Living in Working Families: Children under 6-Years-Old Living in Working Families with one working parent 0.194748730490311 and with two working parents 0.368081384487356; Children Ages 6 to 17-Years Old Living in Working Families with one working parent 0.275840277338919 and with two working parents 0.418418843157258
Source(s): U.S. Census Bureau. (2020). In American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, 2019. B17024: Age By Ratio Of Income To Poverty Level In The Past 12 Months - Universe: Population for whom poverty status is determined. https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=B17024&g=0100000US.04000.001&hidePreview=true&table=B17024&tid=ACSDT1Y2019.B17024&lastDisplayedRow=17&vintage=2019&mode=&y=2019
Poverty Statistics
Poverty Statistics: 0.332365986775933 are Under 6-Years Old and living Below 185% of Poverty; 0.158589872541098 are Under 6-Years Old and living Below 100% of Poverty; 0.290747711486469 are 6 to 17-Years Old and living Below 185% of Poverty; 0.115647086437569 are 6 to 17-Years Old and living Below 100% of Poverty
  Below 100% of Poverty Below 185% of Poverty
Under 6-Years Old 15.86% 33.24%
6 to 17-Years Old 11.56% 29.07%
Source(s): U.S. Census Bureau. (2020). In American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, 2019. C23008 Age of own Children under 18 Years in Families and Subfamilies by Living Arrangements by Employment Status of Parents: Universe: Own children under 18 years in families and subfamilies.
https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=C23008&g=&hidePreview=false&table=C23008&tid=ACSDT1Y2019.C23008&lastDisplayedRow=17&vintage=2019

ECE Program Participation and Funding

Percentage and Number of Children/Families Served
CCDF Average Monthly Percentage
of Children in Care By Age Group
CCDF Average Monthly Percentage<br>of Children in Care By Age Group. Under 3-Years Old: 29%; 3 and 4-Years Old: 30%; 5 through 12-Years Old: 41%
CCDF Average Monthly Number
of Children and Families Served
Average Monthly number of Children and Families Served: Children 3300 and Families 2300
Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care. (2020). FFY 2019 CCDF data tables [Preliminary estimates]. Table 9 Average Monthly Percentages of Children In Care By Age Group https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/data/fy-2019-preliminary-data-table-9
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care. (2020). FFY 2019 CCDF data tables [Preliminary estimates].Table 1 Average Monthly Adjusted Number of Families and Children Served.
    https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/data/fy-2019-preliminary-data-table-1
  • Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care
    Licensed Providers
    Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care - Licensed or Regulated Providers: Center 73%, Group Home 7%, Family Home 17%, Child's Home 17%
    Non-Licensed Providers
    Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care - Legally Operating Without Regulations: Center 0%, Group Home 0%, Family Home 1%, Child's Home 1%
    Note: Unregulated provider data includes relative and non-relative care.
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care. (2020). FFY 2019 CCDF data tables [Preliminary estimates]. Table 6 Average Monthly
    https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/data/fy-2019-preliminary-data-table-6
    Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
    • Total CCDF Expenditure (Including Quality):
    $31,203,202
    • CCDF Federal Expenditure:
    $24,180,659
    • CCDF State/Territory Expenditure:
    $7,022,543
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2020). CCDF Expenditures for FY 2018 (all appropriation years). Table 4a: All expenditures by State- Categorical Summary. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/resource/fy-2018-ccdf-table-4a

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2020). CCDF Expenditures for FY 2018 (all appropriation years). Table 3a - All Expenditures by State – Detailed Summary. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/resource/fy-2018-ccdf-table-3a
    CCDF Quality Expenditures
    • Total Quality Expenditure:
    $2,905,125
    • Quality Activities (Set Aside Funds):
    $3,196,005
    • Infant and Toddler (Targeted Funds):
    $-290,880
    • Quality Expansion Funds (Targeted Funds):
    Not available
    • School-Age/Resource and Referral (Targeted Funds):
    Not available
    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for Child Care
    • TANF – Total Child Care Expenditure:
    $11,542,814
    Bullet icon TANF – Direct Expenditure on Child Care: $2,663,321
    Bullet icon TANF – Transfer to CCDF: $8,879,493
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. (2020). Fiscal Year 2019 TANF Financial Data. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ofa/resource/tanf-financial-data-fy-2019
    ChildCare Tax Credits
    • Tax Credit Federal Total Amount Claimed:
    $218,075
    • Tax Credit Federal Number of Claims:
    90,490
    • State/Territory Tax Credit Available - 2015:
    No
    • State/Territory Tax Credit Refundable:
    No
    Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
    • CACFP Funding:
    $8,504,586
    • Number of Family Child Care Homes Participating:
    199
    • Number of Child Care Centers (includes Head Start Programs) Participating:
    215
    Source(s): Food Research and Action Center. (2020). State of the States: Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in FY 2019. http://www.frac.org/maps/sos/tables/sos_tab_cacfp.html
    Head Start
    • Head Start Federal Allocation:
    $38,517,039
    • Head Start State/Territory Allocation:
    Not available
    • Number of Children Participating:
    2,545
    Source(s): National Institute for Early Education Research. (2020). The 2019 state of preschool yearbook. http://nieer.org/state-preschool-yearbooks/2019-2
    IDEA Part B, Section 619
    • IDEA Part B Funding:
    $1,308,113
    • Number of Children Served (Ages 3- through 5-Years-Old):
    2,474
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Education. (2021). Fiscal Years 2019-2021 State Tables for the U.S. Department of Education. https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/statetables/index.html
    IDEA Part C
    • IDEA Part C Funding:
    $2,333,044
    • Number of Children Served (Ages Birth through 2-Years-Old):
    923
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Education. (2021). Fiscal Years 2019-2021 State Tables for the U.S. Department of Education. https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/budget/statetables/index.html
    Pre-kindergarten
    • Pre-kindergarten Total Expenditure:
    $7,317,829
    • Enrollment (4-year-olds and under):
    1,404
    Note: Total Expenditure includes all State/Territory, Local, and Federal dollars. In addition to 3 and 4-year-olds, some Pre-kindergarten programs enroll children of other ages.
    Source(s): National Institute for Early Education Research. (2021). The 2020 state of preschool yearbook. https://nieer.org/state-preschool-yearbooks/yearbook2020

    CCDF Subsidy Program Administration

    Family Percentile Recent MRS
    Income Eligibility at Determination
    (a) (b) (c) (d)
    Family Size100 % of SMI ($/Month) 85% of SMI($/Month)
    [Multiply(a) by 0.85]
    (IF APPLICABLE) ($/Month) Maximum Initial or First Tier Income Limit (or Threshold) if Lower Than 85% of Current SMI IF APPLICABLE) (% of SMI) [Divide(c) by (a), multiply by 100] Income Level if Lower Than 85% of Current SMI
    3 $6,705.00 $5,699.00 $5,156.00 77%
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 3.1.3 Family Size of 3: Eligible Children and Families - Income Eligibility at Determination. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Approaches Used for Promoting Continuity of Care
    • Coordinating with Head Start, prekindergarten, or other early learning programs to create a package of arrangements that accommodates parents’ work schedules
    Not available
    • Inquiring about whether the child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP)
    Not available
    • Establishing minimum eligibility periods greater than 12 months
    Not available
    • Using cross-enrollment or referrals to other public benefits
    Not available
    • Working with IDEA Part B, Section 619 and Part C staff to explore how services included in a child’s IEP or IFSP can be supported and/or provided onsite and in collaboration with child care services
    Not available
    • Providing more intensive case management for families with children with multiple risk factors;
    Not available
    • Implementing policies and procedures that promote universal design to ensure that activities and environments are accessible to all children, including children with sensory, physical, or other disabilities
    Not available
    • Other:
    Described Below
    Per Child Care Assistance Program regulation 7 AAC 41.315(c)(10) for a child attending an elementary school, pre-elementary school, Early Head Start or Head Start program the parent is to include the name of the school or program attended by each child in their child care assistance program application. Per Child Care Assistance Policies and Procedures Manual section 4040-2 when conducting an interview with the family they are to be provided resources in regards to accessing developmental screenings. Per Child Care Assistance Program regulation 7 AAC 41.207 a child care provider is to collaborate with the child’s parent in developing and implementing a plan of care for the child at or before admission when a child is identified as having special needs, or when a special need is identified. Child Care Assistance Program Policies and Procedures Manual section 4220-2 requires information to be provided during the interview with the provider applicant regarding how to access developmental screenings. Per Child Care Assistance Program regulation 7 AAC 41.060, a child care provider caring for an eligible child with special needs may qualify for supplemental payment. The family applies to the Alaska Inclusive Child Care Program with information documentation of the child’s special needs. Alaska Inclusive Child Care Program Policies and Procedures Manual sections 8060-4 A., B. and C. require the family’s child care provider, in collaboration with the Alaska Resource and Referral Network, to develop an inclusion plan for a child with special needs in the provider’s care prior to be determined eligible for supplemental funding.
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Reports 3.1.6 and 3.1.6-2: Eligible Children and Families - Approaches Used for Promoting Continuity of Care. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Increasing Access for Vulnerable Children and Families
    Children with Special Needs
    • Prioritize for enrollment
    Not available
    • Serve without placing these populations on waiting lists
    Yes
    • Waive co-payments
    Not available
    • Pay higher rates for access to higher quality care
    Not available
    • Use grants or contracts to reserve slots for priority populations
    Not available
    • Other:
    Described Below
    Child care providers caring for children participating in the State of Alaska Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) may be eligible for additional funds through the Alaska Inclusive Child Care Program (Alaska IN!). Additional funds are based on the actual cost to the child care provider to provide the additional services specific to the child’s diagnosed special needs and reimbursable up to the dollar amount of the cost of care authorized through the CCAP.
    Families with Very Low Incomes
    • Prioritize for enrollment
    Not available
    • Serve without placing these populations on waiting lists
    Yes
    • Waive co-payments
    Not available
    • Pay higher rates for access to higher quality care
    Not available
    • Use grants or contracts to reserve slots for priority populations
    Not available
    • Other:
    Not available
    Not available
    Children Experiencing Homelessness
    • Prioritize for enrollment
    Not available
    • Serve without placing these populations on waiting lists
    Yes
    • Waive co-payments
    Not available
    • Pay higher rates for access to higher quality care
    Not available
    • Use grants or contracts to reserve slots for priority populations
    Not available
    • Other:
    Not available
    Not available
    Families Receiving TANF*
    • Prioritize for enrollment
    Not available
    • Serve without placing these populations on waiting lists
    Yes
    • Waive co-payments
    Not available
    • Pay higher rates for access to higher quality care
    Not available
    • Use grants or contracts to reserve slots for priority populations
    Not available
    • Other:
    Not available
    Not available
    * Includes families receiving TANF program funds, those transitioning off TANF through work activities, or those at risk of becoming dependent on TANF.
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Reports 3.2.2a, 3.2.2b, 3.2.2c, 3.2.2d, 3.2.2a-2, 3.2.2b-2, 3.2.2c-2, and 3.2.2d-2: Increasing Access for Vulnerable Children and Families. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Use of Grants or Contracts to Increase the Supply of Specific Types of Child Care
    • Programs to serve children with disabilities
    Not available
    • Programs to serve infants and toddlers
    Not available
    • Programs to serve school-age children
    Not available
    • Programs to serve children needing non-traditional hour care
    Not available
    • Programs to serve children experiencing homelessness
    Not available
    • Programs to serve children in underserved areas
    Not available
    • Programs that serve children with diverse linguistic or cultural backgrounds
    Not available
    • Programs that serve specific geographic areas (urban)
    Not available
    • Programs that serve specific geographic areas (rural)
    Not available
    • Other:
    Described Below
    Not applicable. Per 4.1.3.a, the CCDF Lead Agency does not provide child care services through grants or contracts in addition to offering certificates.
    Use of Grants or Contracts to Increase the Quality of Specific Types of Child Care
    • Programs to serve children with disabilities
    Not available
    • Programs to serve infants and toddlers
    Not available
    • Programs to serve school-age children
    Not available
    • Programs to serve children needing non-traditional hour care
    Not available
    • Programs to serve children experiencing homelessness
    Not available
    • Programs to serve children in underserved areas
    Not available
    • Programs that serve children with diverse linguistic or cultural backgrounds
    Not available
    • Programs that serve specific geographic areas (urban)
    Not available
    • Programs that serve specific geographic areas (rural)
    Not available
    • Other:
    Described Below
    Not applicable. Per 4.1.3a, the CCDF Lead Agency does not provide child care services through grants or contracts in addition to offering certificates.
    Base payment rates and percentiles
    Age Center Percentile of most recent MRS Family Child Care Percentile of most recent MRS
    Infant $ 900.00/ month 11. Actual dollar difference -$106.00. As described below, although the percentiles that the rates fall at are low, the actual dollar difference between the rates and the 75th percentile are relatively small (< $200). This pattern may be due to the lower survey response rate that CCPO experienced this year. A lower response rate can translate into a narrower range of possible values. $ 700.00/ month 22. Actual dollar difference -$100.00. As described below, although the percentiles that the rates fall at are low, the actual dollar difference between the rates and the 75th percentile are relatively small (< $200). This pattern may be due to the lower survey response rate that CCPO experienced this year. A lower response rate can translate into a narrower range of possible values.
    Toddler $ 800.00/ month 12. Actual dollar difference -$191.00. As described below, although the percentiles that the rates fall at are low, the actual dollar difference between the rates and the 75th percentile are relatively small (< $200). This pattern may be due to the lower survey response rate that CCPO experienced this year. A lower response rate can translate into a narrower range of possible values. $ 650.00/ month 42. Actual dollar difference -$125.00. As described below, although the percentiles that the rates fall at are low, the actual dollar difference between the rates and the 75th percentile are relatively small (< $200). This pattern may be due to the lower survey response rate that CCPO experienced this year. A lower response rate can translate into a narrower range of possible values.
    Preschool $ 700.00/ month 16. Actual dollar difference -$223.00. As described below, although the percentiles that the rates fall at are low, the actual dollar difference between the rates and the 75th percentile are relatively small (< $200). This pattern may be due to the lower survey response rate that CCPO experienced this year. A lower response rate can translate into a narrower range of possible values. $ 545.00/ month 33. Actual dollar difference -$155.00. As described below, although the percentiles that the rates fall at are low, the actual dollar difference between the rates and the 75th percentile are relatively small (< $200). This pattern may be due to the lower survey response rate that CCPO experienced this year. A lower response rate can translate into a narrower range of possible values.
    School Age $ 745.00/ month 21. Actual dollar difference -$135.00. As described below, although the percentiles that the rates fall at are low, the actual dollar difference between the rates and the 75th percentile are relatively small (< $200). This pattern may be due to the lower survey response rate that CCPO experienced this year. A lower response rate can translate into a narrower range of possible values. $ 501.00/ month 46. Actual dollar difference -$50.00. As described below, although the percentiles that the rates fall at are low, the actual dollar difference between the rates and the 75th percentile are relatively small (< $200). This pattern may be due to the lower survey response rate that CCPO experienced this year. A lower response rate can translate into a narrower range of possible values.
    Effective date of payment rates: Revised 06/13/2017 and effective 10/1/17.


    Market rate survey (MRS) date: 6/26/2018
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 4.3.1: Setting Payment Rates. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 4.2.5a: Setting Payment Rates. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Tiered Reimbursement or Differential Rates
    • Differential rate for non-traditional hours. Describe
    Not available
    • Differential rate for children with special needs, as defined by the state/territory.
    Yes
    • Differential rate for infants and toddlers. Note: Do not check if the Lead Agency has a different base rate for infants/toddlers with no separate bonus or add-on
    Not available
    • Differential rate for school-age programs. Note: Do not check if the Lead Agency has a different base rate for school-age children with no separate bonus or add-on.
    Not available
    • Differential rate for higher quality, as defined by the state/territory.
    Not available
    • Other differential rates or tiered rates.
    Not available
    • Tiered or differential rates are not implemented.
    Not available
    CCDF Co-Payemts by Family Size
    CCDF Co-Payments by Family Size
    (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f)
    Family Size Lowest “Entry” Income Level Where Family Is First Charged Co-Pay (Greater Than $0) What Is the Monthly Co-Payment for a Family of This Size Based on the Income Level in (a)? The Co-Payment in Column (b) is What Percentage of the Income in Column (a)? Highest “Entry” Income Level Before a Family Is No Longer Eligible What Is the Monthly Co-Payment for a Family of This Size Based on the Income Level in (d)? The Co-Payment in Column (e) is What Percentage of the Income in Column (d)?
    3 $61.00 $20.00 33 $5,156.00 $516.00 10
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 3.4.1a Family Size of 3: Family Contribution to Payment - CCDF Co-Payments by Family Size. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Family Contribution to Payment
    • No, the Lead Agency does not waive family contributions/co-payments.
    Not available
    • Yes, the Lead Agency waives family contributions/co-payments for families with an income at or below the Federal poverty level for families of the same size.
    Not available
    • Yes, the Lead Agency waives family contributions/co-payments for families who are receiving or needing to receive protective services, as determined by the Lead Agency for purposes of CCDF eligibility. Describe the policy and provide the policy citation..
    Yes
    • Describe contributions/co-payments for families who are receiving or needing to receive protective services
    Per Alaska Office of Children’s Services Policies and Procedures section 6.2.2.4 B describes the eligibility for child care residing in out-of-home care which does not include a financial eligibility.
    • Yes, the Lead Agency waives family contributions/co-payments for other criteria established by the Lead Agency. Describe the policy and provide the policy citation
    Not available
    • Describe contributions/co-payments for other criteria (See table below)
    Not available
    Not available
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 3.4.4: Family Contribution to Payment - Family Contribution to Payment. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.

    Health and Safety

    Child-Staff Ratios by Group Size by Age of Children for Licensed Child Care Centers
    Age of Children Child-Staff Ratio Group Size
    Infant (11 months) 5:1 10
    Toddler (35 months) 6:1 12
    Preschool (59months) 10:1 20
    School-age (6 years) 14:1 28
    School-age (10 years and older) 18:1 36
    If any of the responses above are different for exempt child care centers, describe which requirements apply: Described Below
    The CCDF Lead Agency, the Child Care Program Office (CCPO), does not have oversight over licensed exempt Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) participating centers (military or tribal programs). In order to participate in the CCAP, these licensed exempt centers have to certify that they meet or exceed CCAP requirements.
    Source(s): National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance. (2021). 2020 Child Care Licensing Study: Analysis of child care licensing regulations. [Unpublished data].

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 5.2.1a-5_6_7: Standards on ratios, group sizes, and qualifications for CCDF providers.– exempt child care centers. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.

    Quality Improvement

    Use of Quality Funds
    Yes/No CCDF Funds Other Funds Other (describe)
    Supporting the training and professional development of the child care workforce Yes Yes Not available Not available
    Developing, maintaining, or implementing early learning and developmental guidelines Not available Not available Not available Not available
    Developing, implementing, or enhancing a tiered quality rating and improvement system Yes Yes Not available Not available
    Improving the supply and quality of child care services for infants and toddlers Yes Yes Not available Not available
    Establishing or expanding a statewide system of CCR&R services Yes Yes Not available Not available
    Facilitating compliance with state/territory requirements for inspection, monitoring, training, and health and safety standards Not available Not available Not available Not available
    Evaluating and assessing the quality and effectiveness of child care services within the state/territorys Yes Yes Not available Not available
    Supporting accreditation Yes Yes Not available Not available
    Supporting state/territory or local efforts to develop high-quality program standards relating to health, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, and physical development Not available Not available Not available Not available
    Other activities determined by the state/territory to improve the quality of child care services and which measurement of outcomes related to improved provider preparedness, child safety, child well-being, or kindergarten entry is possible Not available Not available Not available Not available
    Use of Quality Funds - Continued
    Other (describe)
    Supporting the training and professional development of the child care workforce Not available
    Developing, maintaining, or implementing early learning and developmental guidelines Not available
    Developing, implementing, or enhancing a tiered quality rating and improvement system Not available
    Improving the supply and quality of child care services for infants and toddlers Not available
    Facilitating compliance with state/territory requirements for inspection, monitoring, training, and health and safety standards Not available
    Evaluating and assessing the quality and effectiveness of child care services within the state/territorys Not available
    Supporting accreditation Not available
    Supporting state/territory or local efforts to develop high-quality program standards relating to health, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, and physical development Not available
    Other activities determined by the state/territory to improve the quality of child care services and which measurement of outcomes related to improved provider preparedness, child safety, child well-being, or kindergarten entry is possible Not available
    Source(s):
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Reports 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-1: Use of Quality Funds - Supporting the training and professional development of the child care workforce. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-2: Use of Quality Funds - Developing, maintaining, or implementing early learning and developmental guidelines. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-3: Use of Quality Funds - Developing, implementing, or enhancing a tiered quality rating and improvement system. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-4: Use of Quality Funds - Improving the supply and quality of child care services for infants and toddlers. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-5: Use of Quality Funds - Establishing or expanding a statewide system of CCR&R services. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-6: Use of Quality Funds - Facilitating compliance with state/territory requirements for inspection, monitoring, training, and health and safety standards. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-7: Use of Quality Funds - Evaluating and assessing the quality and effectiveness of child care services within the state/territory. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-8: Use of Quality Funds - Supporting accreditation. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-9: Use of Quality Funds - Supporting state/territory or local efforts to develop high-quality program standards relating to health, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, and physical development. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 7.2.1 and 7.2.1-10: Use of Quality Funds - Other activities determined by the state/territory to improve the quality of child care services and which measurement of outcomes related to improved provider preparedness, child safety, child well-being, or kindergarten entry is possible. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Outreach to Families with Limited English Proficiency
    Application in other languages (application document, brochures, provider notices) Not available
    Informational materials in non-English languages Yes
    Website in non-English languages Not available
    Lead Agency accepts applications at local community-based locations Not available
    Bilingual caseworkers or translators available Not available
    Bilingual outreach workers Yes
    Partnerships with community-based organizations Not available
    Other Yes
    Describe Other Described Below
    The CCDF Lead Agency, the Child Care Program Office (CCPO), has available for eligible families’ interpretation services through the Telelanguage line. The Telelanguage line information is provided to all grantees and partners to utilize when an English Second Language (ESL) family is being provided services. The CCPO requires grantees and partners to utilize the Telelanguage line to minimize miscommunication. The State of Alaska only publishes written material in English. If a family needs assistance whether it be requesting information, applying for benefits, or needing assistance the Telelanguage line is utilized to communicate with ESL families. Alaska's Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, thread, provides some informational materials in Spanish for families and child care providers.
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 2.1.1-1 and 2.1.1-2: Outreach to Families with Limited English Proficiency - Strategies the Lead Agency or partners utilize to provide outreach and services to eligible families for whom English is not their first language. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Outreach to Families with a Person(s) with Disabilities
    Applications and public informational materials available in Braille and other communication formats for access by individuals with disabilities Not available
    Websites that are accessible (e.g., Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act) Yes
    Caseworkers with specialized training/experience in working with individuals with disabilities Not available
    Ensuring accessibility of environments and activities for all children Not available
    Partnerships with state and local programs and associations focused on disability-related topics and issues Not available
    Partnerships with parent associations, support groups, and parent-to-parent support groups, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers Not available
    Partnerships with state and local IDEA Part B, Section 619 and Part C providers and agencies Yes
    Availability and/or access to specialized services (e.g., mental health, behavioral specialists, therapists) to address the needs of all children Yes
    Other Yes
    Describe Other Described Below
    The CCDF Lead Agency provides program information and applications to grantees and partners for distribution during outreach activities such as at health and/or job fairs statewide.
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 2.1.2-1 and 2.1.2-2: Outreach to Families with Limited English Proficiency - Strategies the Lead Agency or partners utilize to provide outreach and services to eligible families with a person(s) with a disability. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.
    Consumer Education Website
    How the Lead Agency ensures that its website is consumer-friendly and easily accessible The CCDF Lead Agency, the Child Care Program Office (CCPO), website is consumer-friendly and easily accessible. The website is displayed based upon six main category tabs, which when accessed provide additional in-depth information: Alaska: Find a Child Care Provider; Contact Information; Information for Child Care Providers; Information for Families; Resources and Reports; and Child Care Forms. In addition, the website is easily accessible to all individuals including individuals with disability. The American Disability Act (ADA) requires websites and the information provided to be accessible. All child care forms and child care resources and materials comply with ADA accessibility. The website is updated frequently. http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Pages/ccare/default.aspx
    How the website ensures the widest possible access to services for families that speak languages other than English The CCDF Lead Agency, the Child Care Program Office (CCPO), website is only provided in English. The State of Alaska only publishes in English. The CCPO can provide interpretation services to families and guests who need assistance accessing, navigating, or obtaining information from the CCPO website. The CCPO is in the process of having a statement added to our website notifying users of the opportunity to request interpretation services. Users may request interpretation services at any time, or when staff can identify the need for, or are experiencing difficulty communicating with the user, interpretation services are offered. The CCPO and grantees have marketing materials to help a user identify what languages we have interpretarion services available.
    How the website ensures the widest possible access to services for persons with disabilities The CCDF Lead Agency, the Child Care Program Office (CCPO), ensures the website is accessible to persons with disabilities. The American Disability Act (ADA) requires all materials and resources published online are accessible to persons with a disability. All child care forms and child care resources and materials are accessible to persons with disability. These forms are created through PDF and are checked through running accesibilty reports prior to making them available on our website. The CCPO works with the Statewide ADA Coordinator on making our website resources and materials accessible.
    Source(s): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. (2019). Report 2.3.1, 2.3.1, and 2.3.3: Consumer Education Website. ACF-118 Data Submission Center.

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