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June 2021-July 2022 Closures

Hillcrest will be closed for the following dates for Holidays and In-Service Training. Please look under the Hours page for further details.

Monday, July 5th, 2021
Friday and Monday, September 3 and 6th, 2021
Monday, October 18th, 2021
Thursday, November 11th, 2021
Thursday and Friday, November 25th and 26th, 2021
Friday, December 24th and 31st, 2021
Monday, January 17th, 2022
Monday, February 21, 2022
Monday, March 28th, 2022
Friday and Monday, May 27th and 30th, 2022

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Enrollment 2021

We want to thank all families for their interest in Hillcrest and ask that all interested families email the office to begin the enrollment process.

As explained under the Enrollment section of the website, Hillcrest uses a Guaranteed Start admission process. At this time, we have the following Guaranteed openings for September 2021:
-8 Infants/Young Toddlers with birthdates after March 2020.

Email us at hillcrestak@gmail.com with your child birthdate/due date to schedule a tour.

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COVID Updates

Our operating hours expanded in March from 7:30 am to 6 pm. There is availability between 7 am and 7:30 am by contacting the office.

Parent Night Out, our monthly Saturday night hours, has restarted. The hours are from 2 pm to 8 pm on the second Saturday of the month. Sign-up happens through “signup genius” or by email with the office.

All employees of Hillcrest have received the COVID Vaccine. All new employees will be required to have or obtain the vaccine.

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Thank you!

Dear Hillcrest Families,

I am continually blown away by our community. In the midst of an incredibly trying year for all of us, your generosity during our Annual Campaign was a bright spot.
Thank you to everyone who made contributions this year and encouraged friends and family to do so as well.

Due to the pandemic, we kept this year’s goal simple- to cover staff appreciation. This allows us to give the staff a Holiday bonus and regular appreciation for a job well done. Hillcrest’s goal this year was to raise $8,000. With the generosity of Hillcrest families and alumni families, we met that goal and raised $40,097!

Funds raised will go toward:
A full 2020 holiday bonus for teachers and staff members. Every staff member received a holiday bonus this year, which is adjusted for the number of years worked. The bonuses were issued in December.
The building maintenance reserve fund.
The additional funds allow us to put more money into the reserve fund for continued renovations, primarily the replacement of the windows in the back stairwell of the Infant/Toddler building. These changes will keep the building safe and operating for years to come.
We’d like to acknowledge the following donors (excludes anonymous gifts):

Anonymous, Dana and Jason Billman, Jason and Moire Bockenstedt, Ruth Botstein, Aesha Pallesen and Dario Borghesan, Meliss and Garret Bruesch, Dustin and Hally Cooper, Lindsey and Ronald Dupuis, Dan Dvorak and Bethany Neubarth, Heather and Michael Ebell, Brian and Monica Englund, Greg and Monica French, Irene Granell, Anna and Jim Kohl, Christy and Michael Mazzacavallo, Henry Tashjian and Siobhan McIntyre, Alo and Debbie Medina, Lisa and Justin Miller, Andi Nations, Lara and Nicolas Nations, Harry and Leslie Need, Zoe Olson, Kate Demarest and Kris Reidt, Kate O’Brien and Kirk Rose, Kate Vogel and Mike Schecter, Don and Dixine Schiavi, Chris and Laura Sis, Catherine Sullivan, Sue Ellen Tatter, Cyndie and Mike Teo, Jim and Whitney Wilkson, Adolf and Brandi Zeman

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COVID Procedures

Below are our current COVID Procedures, updated in January 2021. Please note that as new CDC guidelines come out, we will adjust our practice to meet those.

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Updated Closures

Due to the increased temporary closures from COVID, the Board has canceled all In-Service closures through June 2021. After that time, we will return to our regular In-Service and Holiday closures. You can find this information under the Hours tab.
The scheduled Holiday closures remain.

The updated closure list through June 2021 is:
November 26, 27
December 25
January 1
February 15
May 31

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2020 Closures

Here is a quick recap of all planned 2020 closures for Holidays and In-Service. For more information, please check out the Hours page.

January 1, 20
February 17
March 30
May 22, 25
July 3
September 4, 7
October 19
November 11, 26, 27
December 25

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Why we give….

Nate, Elizabeth and Prilo

The week we moved back to Anchorage, I started a new job, and found out we were having a baby. Then we bought a fixer-upper house, complete with pastel 80s bathroom. Finding childcare was another stress, as soon it was time to go back to work, and Nate’s job would take him out of town for long stretches. After trying other options, we visited Hillcrest – which had a spot for Pirlo when he was eight months old. Becoming part of the Hillcrest family was the right fit. We were home! (And eventually, the powder pink bathroom got remodeled at home). 

At Hillcrest, our son is safe, happy, and secure. His teachers create a professional, loving, and supportive environment for learning, fun, and inclusion. Pirlo learns self-regulation, does yoga, makes beautiful arts and crafts, sings and dances, digs in the dirt, and spends time outside, year round. The outdoors focus is important to our family, with our connection to open spaces and the environment. Hillcrest’s focus on community connection is also important – I’ve reconnected with old friends and made new ones too. I feel secure knowing that even though I solo parent often, I have a village. Pirlo and friends recently moved up to preschool – very exciting, although (sniff) mom shed a tear to see them grow so fast.  

Hillcrest continues to grow and change – the boiler, the kitchen, the new floors, the fresh paint, the care and love put in the design and color selection, keeps enhancing this home away from home. Hillcrest is an important part of our life, so I am giving to this year’s Annual Fund campaign. Our monthly budget, like many families, is carefully planned due to the current economy. If your family can factor in a gift, join me in showing your gratitude. The fund will continue to support building deferred maintenance and improvements, as well as holiday bonuses for our beloved Hillcrest staff. 

You can make a tax-deductible donation via credit card, Paypal, or by dropping a check at Hillcrest. You can also become a Sustaining Family monthly donor through your monthly tuition. Thank you for your consideration.

Fall Festival 2019


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Why we give…

I’m sure, like you, on the day our son – Sawyer – was born, I was filled with the kind of overpowering, all-consuming love that changes your heart forever.  My husband and I had no idea how we were going to manage childcare as full-time, working parents in demanding professions.

In finding childcare, one thing was certain: we needed to identify a solution that offered Sawyer the same love and devotion daily that we, his parents, provided. A space that he would feel safe enough to learn, comfortable enough to explore, and secure enough to develop self-confidence.

That kind of love can’t be seen. It can’t be planned into a curriculum, no matter how informed. It can’t be built into the walls of a building, no matter how new. That kind of love can only be felt.

The reason my husband and I send our son to Hillcrest, and the reason we financially support the Annual Fund Campaign, is because we know that Sawyer is loved as deeply and cared for as compassionately as we provide for him at home.

After two years of attending Hillcrest, you can see this result in Sawyer; a little boy who is eager for knowledge, possesses a strong sense of self, and is bursting with confidence.

I hope you’ll join my family in giving to this year’s Annual Campaign to ensure that the staff who love our children every day just as we love them, are thanked. And that the building that we send our children to everyday is maintained as a safe, comfortable and secure environment. Hillcrest is a special space, a place of love, a home to Sawyer; this is why we give.

You can join us by making a tax-deductible donation via credit card, PayPal, or by dropping a check off at Hillcrest.

-The Milliken Family: Eric, Elizabeth, Sawyer (Preschool) and Bridger the Dog

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