UPDATED: Schools are closed this week in Anchorage. Here’s where you can (and can’t) take your kids.

With all schools in the Anchorage School District closed this week for damage assessment and repairs, some child care centers are opening their doors to children who are out of school while others remain closed after Friday’s earthquake.

This list will be updated throughout the week, and we want to make sure we didn’t miss anyone. Do you know of any other closures? Child care centers with the capacity to accept more children? Day camps being held this week? Email reporter Madeline McGee at

An additional list of closures and child care is available from Thread.

Day care centers

Bright Beginnings Early Learning Centers will be closed Monday but will reopen Tuesday at all of its Anchorage locations. Its Eagle River location will reopen Wednesday.

Carousel Child Care Center will open as usual Monday. The center will also extend payments until the end of the day.

Denali Child Development Center will open Monday morning at normal business hours. The school-age centers will be open for the full day Monday, and the youth centers will open at noon Monday and Tuesday.

Imagination Station Early Learning Center will be open as usual Monday. The center advises parents whose children attend on a drop-in basis to call if they need child care while the schools are closed.


Joy Greisen Jewish Education Center will open a camp for school-age children while the schools are closed.

Kids Corps Inc. will be closed at all locations Monday, but will reopen on Tuesday for Head Start and Early Head Start classes. The center’s partnership classrooms at Airport Heights Elementary, Creekside Park Elementary, Gladys Wood Elementary and Willow Crest Elementary will remain closed until Dec. 10.

Northern Lights Preschool and Child Care will be closed through Tuesday.

Tanaina Child Development Center will remain closed Monday, but staff hope to reopen by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Other programs

Trailside will be hosting a free, educational day camp at the Egan Center downtown on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for children ages 4 to 14. The camp will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with age-specific programming running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parents must register their children ahead of time.

Camp Fire Alaska will be closed through Tuesday, but will provide emergency child care for $45 beginning on Wednesday. The camps will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

• Huffman Elementary School

• Nunaka Valley Elementary School

• Alpenglow Elementary

• Lake Otis Elementary

• Huffman Elementary

• Nunaka Valley Elementary School

• Loussac Place

The Dome is hosting a day camp this week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for children ages 6-12. Staff will engage children in games, sports, creative time and exercise.

The Alaska Club is offering day camps at its East and South clubs for children ages 5-12 to help accommodate parents without child care. Half-day, full-day and weeklong sessions are available. The Alaska Club is extending member prices to all members of the community.

The Alaska Theatre of Youth will host day camps at Cyrano’s Theatre Company on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $40 per day.

The Anchorage Badminton Club will host an open gym on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


The Arctic Gymnastics Center will host day camps throughout the week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. while the school district is closed. The cost is $55 for nonmembers.

Aurora Kids will host open gyms on Monday and Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Boys & Girls Clubs:

• The Eagle River Club will be closed through Friday.

• The Mat-Su Club will be closed through Tuesday.

• The Mountain View Club will be open Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

• The Northeast (Muldoon) Club will be closed Monday, but Tuesday is still to be determined.

• The Woodland Park Club will be open Monday and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Champ Martial Arts will be offering a one-week camp at its Arctic Boulevard location while the school district is closed. The daily rate is $50 for nonmembers or $199 for the week.

Wildwood Equestrian Training will host an “Art in the Barn” camp from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The cost is $75 for a day or $175 for all three days.

The YMCA of Alaska has canceled its before- and after-school programs for the rest of the week.

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Madeline McGee

Madeline McGee is a general assignment reporter for the Daily News.