CHILD CARE SERVICES

CHILD CARE FORMS & DOCS

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Kawerak, Inc.
    504 Seppala Drive
    P.O. Box 948
    Nome, AK 99762
  • 1st Floor Ublugiaq Building.
  • 907.443.4352
  • lhughes@kawerak.org

Child Care Services

Partnering with parents and organizations to help provide quality care for children, who are the future of us all!

The goal of Kawerak Child Care Services is to preserve the family unit and to promote its economic independence, and self-sufficiency with safe, affordable, accessible, quality child care for qualified families.

Childcare Assistance

This program provides financial assistance to eligible families with children who are enrolled members to a tribe participating in the Kawerak consortium of the Bering Strait Region of Alaska. See the OUR REGION tab at the top of the page to see the list of Bering Strait Region tribes.

  • Enrolled in a Bering Strait Region tribe that is a part of the Kawerak consortium, or will soon be enrolled
  • Under the age of 13
  • Under the age of 19 with a disability

Parents wishing to receive childcare assistance for their children must be actively engaged in one of the following activities:

  • Working
  • Attending school
  • Attending training
  • Performing subsistence activities
  • Job searching

Income Guidelines

Family Size (2) Family Size (3) Family Size (4) Family Size (5) Family Size (6) Family Size (7)
 $7,122* $8,210* $9,297* $10,385* $11,472* $11,676*

*Denotes the maximum household MONTHLY income for the family.

  • Copy of your state ID
  • Proof of all income
  • If applicable – a copy of current/future class schedule.

For all children needing childcare, please provide

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Tribal ID
  • Immunization Records

Childcare Options

Searching for childcare can be a difficult task. We can help you find a provider for your children. There are four different types of child care providers you can use, see the tabs below to explore your options. If you would like assistance finding providers in your area, give us a call at 907.443.4352.

Center-based Childcare is a facility with a current childcare license issued by the State of Alaska.

Group Home Childcare is a provider who is licensed to care for 2 or more children in a private residence.

A Relative Provider is a child care provider who is related by marriage, court decree, full blood, half-blood or is within a fifth degree of kinship to the child.

A Non-Relative Provider is not related to the child and provides child care in a private residence and must be tribally licensed or state licensed.

Apply for Childcare Assistance

To apply for childcare assistance please download our application. If you need assistance, please contact Kawerak Childcare Services at 907.443.4352.

Become a Child Care Provider & Child Care Licensing

Kawerak Childcare Services helps individuals and relatives who wish to provide child care in their homes become licensed providers.  Providers willing to care for children aged birth through 12 may be eligible to receive funding and support through the program.

  • Are age 18 or older
  • Can pass a criminal background check
  • Have the skills, knowledge and general interest in caring for children aged birth through 12
  • Provide three (3) references
  • Have a clear TB test
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Business License
  • Training in Pediatric CPR/First Aid
  • Health & Safety Equipment (fire extinguishers, safety gates, locks, etc.)
  • Age appropriate toys & books
  • Professional development opportunities

Licensed Provider Types

Providing care for youth can come in a variety of options. You can care for relatives, have multiple children in your home, or only watch one child in your home or the family’s home. See the different licensing options below.

Group Home Childcare is a provider who is licensed to care for 2 or more children in a private residence.

A Relative Provider is a child care provider who is related by marriage, court decree, full blood, half-blood or is within a fifth degree of kinship to the child.

A Non-Relative Provider is not related to the child and provides child care in a private residence and must be tribally licensed or state licensed.

To see the state licensing forms and information please visit http://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Pages/ccare/licensed-providers.aspx.

If you would like assistance with the state licensing process please contact Kawerak Childcare Services at 907-443-4352.

Child Care Services

To partner with parents and organizations to help provide quality care for children, who are the future of us all!

This program provides financial assistance for child care costs to low-income working parents or parents attending full time training or educational programs. CCS helps individuals who wish to provide child care in their homes through a process that covers everything from making sure the homes are safe for children to providing training opportunities for the providers. CCS also provides funding assistance to tribal organizations to start, improve or expand upon existing quality after-school activity programs with After School Activity “ASA” Funds.

Home Based Provider Services

Kawerak Child Care Services was established to provide assistance with the rising costs of child-care. CCS partners with parents by not only helping with this, but also by assisting them in finding quality child care for their children. For child care assistance, there is an application process we ask each family to complete. Once this process is complete the family is notified as whether or not they qualify for assistance. Whether or not a family is eligible for assistance, the families are free to choose a provider to care for their children. There is an application process to become a Kawerak Child Care Services approved provider. This process is designed to ensure that the home and the person applying meet health and safety requirements.

After School Activity “ASA” Funds

Our partnership with Tribal organizations is through the After School Activity (ASA) Funds. With these funds, tribal organizations can provide quality activities for children whose parents work or are attending training or educational class during the hours after children are released from school. Each organization may contact CCS for an application packet and guidelines for the funds. When the funds are awarded there are reports to be turned to CCS to help with the evaluation of their program.

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership

CCS operates Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership programs in Brevig Mission and in Nome. These partnerships support working families by providing full-day programs for children birth-three, so that low-income children have the healthy and enriching early experiences they need to realize their full potential. Families who are interested in enrolling their child in the EHS-CCP must first go through the Child Care Subsidy eligibility process. Applications for both programs are posted on the Kawerak website.

CHILD CARE FORMS & DOCS

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Kawerak, Inc.
    P.O. Box 948
    Nome, AK 99762
  • 907.443.4352
  • lhughes@kawerak.org