The Fairbanks Families Partnership is a network of organizations and individuals that share a common vision – to help children birth to age 5 to arrive at school ready to succeed. Formed in 2009, Fairbanks Families is a project of the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s Early Childhood Development Commission and part of the Best Beginnings Early Childhood Partnerships statewide network.
You are encouraged to attend our Partnership meetings. They offer an opportunity to celebrate the efforts, as well as brainstorm new ways to help children arrive at school ready to succeed. All meetings are held at the Carol Brice Family Center – 1949 Gillam Way
- Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 9:00-10:30 am
- Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 9:00-10:30 am
- Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:00-10:30 am
Local partnership goals include:
- to strengthen and expand support and services for families with young children
- to increase quality, effectiveness, and affordability of early care and education
- to strengthen community systems that support families and early learning
Activities supported by the Partnership include:
FairbanksFamilies.org: a community website for families with young children: where families can find information and local resources for their questions about parenting, healthy living, couple support, child development and care as well as a calendar with kid friendly events in the area.
Fairbanks Families Partnership Health Fair: Free health screenings for children birth to 8: height, weight, vision, hearing, and dental screenings are donated by local medical providers. Local organizations provide fun activities for kids and resources for parents. Held the second Saturday in September at the Pioneer Park Civic Center.
Kindergarten Corral: Held before the end of the school year, the Kindergarten Corral provides soon-to-be kindergartners with backpacks full of games, toothbrushes and lots of info for the parents.
Partnership-sponsored playgroups: the Resource Center for Parents & Children helps coordinate playgroups all over the Fairbanks North Star Borough. These playgroups allow children to play and interact with other children, as well as allowing parents to share information and provide support for each other.
North Star Imagination Library: While it’s now an entity of its own, the North Star Imagination Library was born from the Partnership to promote early reading. For more information about this program, check out their website at northstarimaginationlibrary.org.
Contact us through our website or through the FNSB Early Childhood Development Commission at 459-1287.