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Clare Swan Early Learning Center

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The Clare Swan Early Learning Center (CSELC) applies the strengths of the Early Head Start educational model to support the needs of working families beyond simple child care.

The center uses a research-based Early Head Start curriculum emphasizing the importance of responsive and caring relationships to support the optimal development of Alaska Native and American Indian infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks – 3 years. Classrooms feature a 1:4 teacher-children ratio for a quality and focused learning environment.

CSELC also supports families’ goals by providing information and periodic assessments to track a child’s development through critical stages of growth and encouraging families to participate in their child’s education.

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

The center offers two classroom 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 a Yup’ik Immersion program for children ages 0 – 3, featuring full-day Yup’ik language instruction

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

We encourage and welcome families to visit the center between 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for a tour. For more information about enrollment, to schedule a tour, discuss specific educational questions, or for general inquires, please contact us at:

Clare Swan Early Learning Center
800 Northway Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 793-3626
Fax: (907) 793-3611

We are continuously 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.

In addition to the required components of the CDA, participants will receive culturally responsive direct instruction, coaching, classroom experience to support them during the six hundred hour program.

Additionally, all participants will receive employment Navigation Support to build professional skills and support job placement after earning your CDA.

Applicants for our teacher training program must:

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