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Clare Swan Early Head Start Child Care Center

baby 3The Clare Swan Early Head Start Child Care Center at 800 Northway Drive offers early learning and child care for families with children prenatal to age three.

By combining the strengths of child care and early head start, the Clare Swan Center provides for the needs of working families beyond simple child care. Families will have access to flexible and convenient full-day/full-year child care services that are strongly grounded in the cultural, linguistic, and social needs of families, while also benefiting from research-based early head start programming that emphasizes the importance of responsive and caring relationships to support the optimal development of infants and toddlers.

We serve Alaska Native and American Indian children ages 6 weeks to 36 months (3 years) of age. CITC partner Anchorage Vineyard Family Resource Center provides education and child care for up to 72 infants and toddlers. Classrooms feature a one-to-four teacher-children ratio for quality, focused learning.

CITC encourages active TANF and Child Care Assistance participants to apply to our year-round, Monday – Friday early childhood program.

There are two program options:

  • Extended-day classrooms (open 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for parents working full time or attending school full time)
  • Seven-hour classrooms
    — One seven-hour class will be a Yup’ik Immersion program for children ages 0 – 3, and will feature full-day Yup’ik language instruction

Clare Swan Early Head Start also provides child development information and performs periodic assessments to track your child’s development through their stages of growth. Our center encourages families to participate in their child’s education as well as supporting our families’ goals.

Fill out the online application to apply.

Space is limited. For more information, contact Nicole Hunter at (907) 793-3274 or at