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Information for Families:
Child Care Assistance Program
The Child Care Assistance Program provides assistance with child care expenses for eligible families who are working or participating in an education or training program.
Child Care Assistance in Alaska is known as “Parents Achieving Self Sufficiency” ( PASS ) and is divided into three categories; PASS I, PASS II, and PASS III.
The PASS I program provides child care assistance for families receiving benefits under the Alaska Temporary Assistance Program.
The PASS II program provides child care assistance for families who are transitioning from the Alaska Temporary Assistance Program.
The PASS III program provides child care assistance for families who are not eligible for, or who have never received, PASS I or PASS II.
Alaska Inclusive Child Care Program
(Alaska IN! for Special Needs Child Care)
The Alaska Inclusive Child Care Program (Alaska IN!) is an enhanced referral and supplemental subsidy program for children with special needs.
Alaska’s Early Intervention Infant Learning Program -
The early years of a child’s life are the most import. From ages birth to 3, rapid learning and brain development takes place. Some children need a little extra help to develop certain skills. Alaska’s Early Intervention Infant Learning Program (EI/ILP) is a program that provides specialized services for children who have developmental delays and/or disabilities. The services are for children birth to 3 years and will provide extra help for your child’s development. If you are concerned that your child may have a developmental delay, or know of a child with a disability, please visit the Alaska’s Early Intervention Infant Learning Program website for more information about the referral process.
Types of Child Care Providers
If you participate in the PASS programs, you may select your child care provider. However, only eligible providers may be paid with public funds through the PASS Child Care Assistance Programs. To learn more about eligible provider types, please visit our Information for Providers page.
Child Care Resource and Referral
The Statewide Alaska Child Care Resource & Referral Network, thread, supports families through the active operation of a child care referral and consumer education service. These services are offered free of charge to families that participate in the Child Care Assistance Program.
If you are unsure about what to look for in a quality child care program, thread, can help! Visit www.threadalaska.org for more information.