About Early Learning
Welcome to the Early Learning Programs page. For access to trainings and resources, please visit our Early Learning Trainings & Resources LiveBinder page.
Early Learning Pages
Early Learning Grants
Alaska Pre-Elementary Grants promote school readiness and positive outcomes for participating children and inform the longer-term implementation of accessible, affordable, mixed delivery, high-quality early care and education. Alaska Pre-Elementary Grants are provided to 11 school districts. Each district offers a pre-elementary program for 4 year old children based on the needs of their communities. Currently, the Alaska Pre-Elementary Grants are run in 3 year cycles. The current cycle ends after the 2018-2019 school year.
Head Start programs provide free and comprehensive early childhood programs for children meeting federal poverty guidelines between the ages of 0-5. DEED provides funding to the Alaska Head Start Association and to grantees to support quality activities in programs for children ages 3-5.
DEED also houses the Alaska Head Start Collaboration Office, which helps facilitate partnerships between Head Start agencies and other state entities that provide services to benefit low-income children and their families.
Early Learning Assessments
My Teaching Strategies powered by GOLD® is an assessment tool available to teachers that is user-friendly and inclusive—one that enables them to increase the effectiveness of their assessments while having more time to spend with children. It is an observation based tool that aligns with the Alaska Early Learning Guidelines.
Alaska Kindergarten Developmental Profile
The Developmental Profile is Alaska’s Kindergarten Entrance Assessment. It is used to identify, record, and summarize the skills and behaviors students demonstrate at the beginning of their kindergarten year based upon teacher observations.
Early Learning Programs and Support
Parents as Teachers
Parents as Teachers is a collaboration with Department of Health & Social Services Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program that provides support for early learners (birth to 5) by empowering caregivers through personal and group visits.
For more information, contact: joanne.singleton
Best Beginnings is a public-private partnership that mobilizes people and resources to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed.
Alaska Early Childhood Coordinating Council
The Alaska Early Childhood Coordinating Council (AECCC) promotes positive development, improved health outcomes, and school readiness for children prenatal through age eight by creating a culturally responsive, comprehensive, and accessible service delivery system that links service providers, empowers families, and engages communities. The AECCC shall support the creation of a unified, sustainable system of early care, health, education, and family support for young children and their families.