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Clare Swan Early Learning Center

CSELC is currently only operating for a limited number of participants in response to current health and Municipality guidelines.

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Established in March of 2018, the Clare Swan Early Learning Center (CSELC) is honored to partner with our community to help our children and their families become strong and healthy.

Combining the strengths of the Early Head Start educational model, the Clare Swan Early Learning Center provides for the needs of working families beyond simple child care. Over 30 staff members come together to implement the research-based Early Head Start curriculum that emphasizes the importance of responsive and caring relationships to support the optimal development of infants and toddlers. This is a critical component of our program.

Clare Swan Early Learning Center 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.

We are honored to serve Alaska Native and American Indian children ages 6 weeks to 36 months (3 years) of age. Classrooms feature a one-to-four teacher-children ratio for quality, focused learning.

Active TANF and Child Care Assistance participants are encouraged to apply to our year-round, Monday – Friday early childhood program.

We offer 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 with a variety of classroom times, including:
    — One seven-hour, Yup’ik Immersion program for children ages 0 – 3, featuring full-day Yup’ik language instruction

Applications are only available digitally, or you may stop in to apply in person! All program options fill up quickly and families are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

We encourage and welcome families to stop by the center at 800 Northway Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508 during our normal classroom times of 7:30 am-5:30 pm for a tour of the center.

For more information about enrollment, to schedule a tour, to discuss specific educational questions, or for general inquires, contact us at:, faxed to: 907-793-3611, or please call us at: 907-793-3626.

If you are interested in joining our team, please check out the “Careers” link on the main CITC website.

We are now accepting applications for our Training Our First Teachers program. Participants will receive a $15 per hour stipend while completing the training and classroom experience needed to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, a nationally recognized credential that is the foundation of career advancement in early childhood education. Additionally, all participants will receive coaching to complete a professional portfolio and employment support services to prepare them to succeed in the Early Childhood Workforce.

Applicants for our teacher training program must:

Application Deadline: October 2, 2020

We look forward to meeting you and your child!

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