Alaska SEED Registry

 

 

 

Workforce Registry Name: Alaska System for Early Education Development (SEED)

Reach: Statewide

Participation status:  Voluntary

ECE Workforce Population: 1,354 (Total # of members who are current/active in Alaska SEED Registry as of 2/26/24)

Registry Functions and Professional Supports:

 Alaska SEED aims to support early educators and school-age professionals to advance their professional development. Alaska SEED has a variety of programs and services to assist early educators and school-age professionals to achieve this goal: 

  • The Alaska SEED Registry is a framework for educators to plan, track and document their education and training
  • The Alaska SEED Registry recognizes educators for their educational achievements on the Alaska SEED Career Ladder 
  • Alaska SEED seeks to improve access to professional development by providing financial supports to eligible educators to reimburse for qualifying education/training expenses, and qualifying travel expenses to access education/training

For more information, visit the NWRA’s Registry Membership Profile

 

Vision

Alaska’s competent, diverse and stable early childhood workforce is adequately compensated, empowered and supported by a comprehensive, accessible and seamless professional development system to deliver effective services to children and their families.

 Mission

To provide leadership and stewardship for a comprehensive, collaborative system of professional development that integrates, unites and advances the needs of a diverse workforce, including all sectors which serve children from prenatal through 12 and their families.

Core Values

Alaska SEED is committed to:

• Professional Development

• Best Practices

• Diversity

• Leadership

• Collaborative Systems Approach

Please give us an overview of the workforce registry in your state. Who does it serve?

The Alaska System for Early Education Development (SEED) was established in 2000 with the vision to plan for a professional development system in Alaska where the field of early childhood and school-age care would be acknowledged as a valuable profession and fairly compensated. 

Alaska SEED invites everyone working in, or supporting, the early care and learning workforce in Alaska to participate in the Alaska SEED Registry. Through the Alaska SEED Registry, educators can plan, track, and document their professional development as well as be recognized for educational achievements on the Alaska SEED Career Ladder. 

What is the role of the Alaska SEED Registry within the Professional Development System?

Alaska SEED is the professional development system for the State of Alaska. As a grantee of the State of Alaska, Alaska SEED performs all the roles of a Professional Development System:

  • Professional Standards and Competencies: Alaska SEED sets professional standards on the knowledge and skills early educators and school-age care professionals should have through the Alaska’s Early Care and Education: Core Knowledge and Competencies (AK ECE CKC)
  • Career Pathways: Alaska SEED developed the Alaska SEED Career Ladder as a framework for early educators and school-age care professionals to plan, track, and document their education and training, as well as be recognized for their educational achievements
  • Advisory Structure: Alaska SEED depends on a diverse Steering Committee to provide leadership and stewardship for a comprehensive and collaborative system of professional development which integrates, unites, and advances the needs of a diverse workforce. 
  • Articulation: Alaska SEED collaborates with the University of Alaska and promotes the early childhood certificates and degree programs available at the University of Alaska. Further, not only does the Alaska SEED Steering Committee include representation from the University of Alaska but the Alaska SEED Manager is also a member of the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) Early Childhood Advisory Board to ensure alignment on the Alaska SEED Career Ladder
  • Workforce Information: Alaska SEED uses aggregate data from the Alaska SEED Registry to represent the wages and demographics of the early care and learning workforce, and to influence policy and advocacy efforts related to the profession
  • Financing: Alaska SEED provides financial support to eligible early educators and school-age care professionals to reimburse qualifying educational and/or training expenses

Please share how you leverage workforce voices and input in the design and implementation of the registry.

Alaska SEED depends on a diverse Steering Committee to provide leadership and stewardship for a comprehensive and collaborative system of professional development which integrates, unites, and advances the needs of a diverse workforce. The Alaska SEED Steering Committee is composed of members who represent a diverse array of constituency groups, as well as other regional, cultural, and linguistic diversity in Alaska. 

Alaska SEED performs an annual scan of the early care and learning field in the state to ensure the Steering Committee is representative of the profession. 

What equitable approaches or initiatives the registry has implemented to ensure early childhood providers could both succeed and be supported throughout their professional journey?

Alaska SEED aims to support early educators and school-age professionals to advance their professional development through a variety of supports and services. At the core of Alaska SEED is the Registry and Career Ladder, but also includes credentialing, the Trainer and Training Approval System (TTAS), and financial support.  

Eligible early educators and school-age professionals may access financial supports of up to $3,000 each fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) to aid them in meeting licensing requirements by obtaining annual training and advance on the Alaska SEED Career Ladder. The three programs Alaska SEED offers to eligible early educators and school-age professionals are:

  • Professional Development Reimbursement (PDR) – up to $1,500 each fiscal year to reimburse qualifying education and/or training expenses
  • Travel Reimbursement (TR) – up to $1,000 each fiscal year to reimburse travel expenses to access qualifying education and/or training opportunities within the state of Alaska
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) – Up to $500 each fiscal year to pay for the CDA credential application or renewal fee 

GREAT NEWS FOR ALASKA WORKFORCE!

In fall 2024, The State of Alaska, Child Care Program Office (CCPO) partnered with thread and Alaska SEED to offer a wage bonus with $7.5M in general funds for one-time funding for child care wage increases. 

The Retaining Our Outstanding Teachers (ROOTS) Award program, an existing program of Alaska SEED, is being used to facilitate the distribution of this funding. Recognizing low wages contribute to high turnover rate in the early care and learning field, the goal of ROOTS is to:

  • Decrease the turnover rate of early educators and school-age care professionals
  • Increase compensation to early educators and school-age care professionals

The ROOTS Award program distributed $4.6M to qualifying early educators and school-age professionals between 2021 and 2022. The 2024 ROOTS Awards distributed $4,860 to 1,616 early educators and school-age professionals. 


 

What role has the National Workforce Registry Alliance (NWRA) played to support the workforce registry and professional development efforts in your state?

Alaska SEED is proud to be a member of the NWRA and references the standards and best practices set by the NWRA for professional registries to influence revisions to the Alaska SEED Registry, Career Ladder, and Trainer and Training Approval System (TTAS). 

Through long standing participation in the NWRA Leadership Summit, conference, and regional meetings, Alaska SEED has benefited from connections to other organizations doing similar work and been represented in the national landscape NWRA represents. 

Additionally, Alaska SEED frequently references the Partners in Employment Reporting (PER) standards for Registry data collection while undertaking revisions to our various services to ensure we are aligned with the NWRA best practices.