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Enrollment Update August 2021

We want to thank all families for their interest in Hillcrest. Our classrooms are currently full for the Fall of 2021. We are building an active waitlist for families who would like to be considered for an unexpected opening. It is our practice to only have two families on any classrooms waitlist. This lets us know who is really interested in joining the Hillcrest family while saving families the time and cost of being on waitlists with little hope of getting in.

As explained under the Enrollment section of the website, Hillcrest uses a Guaranteed Start admission process. We do have the following spaces available in the future for a Guaranteed Start:
May 2022 start date for two children born between March 2021 and May 2021 in the Upstairs Toddler Classroom.

September 2022 start date for one child born between March 2021 and August 2021 in the Upstairs Toddler Classroom, and four children born after September 2021.

If you believe Hillcrest may be the right match for your children please email us at hillcrestak@gmail.com with your child’s birthdate/due date to schedule a tour.



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COVID Vaccine Household Requirement

Dear Current and Potential Hillcrest Families,
I have completed the vaccine survey discussed at last week’s board meeting, and I am writing to share the good news that we currently have more than 95 percent vaccination rate among eligible household members. After careful consideration of parents’ comments, the Board has approved a requirement that all vaccine-eligible household members of Hillcrest children be vaccinated. I will follow up individually with the few parents who have lingering concerns about vaccines. The board hopes these families will choose to be vaccinated and remain in the Hillcrest family.
The board’s two goals in reaching this decision are (1) to protect our children, who cannot be vaccinated and (2) to give us all as a community the best chance of keeping the delta variant out of Hillcrest this winter and remaining open. Last year, our children were much less likely to be exposed at home because of the level of masking and social distancing happening in Anchorage. This year with so many of us required to return to work in person and no mask mandates, the best available protection for kids is parents’ vaccines.
We appreciate the thoughtful feedback about children and covid vaccines. It will be many months before a vaccine is approved for children under 5, so the Board will consider the issue of vaccines for children whenever they are finally approved.
Thank you all for your efforts to look out for each other by vaccinating, getting kids tested when they have symptoms, and making careful choices about indoor activities as case counts come up again.

Hillcrest Children’s Center

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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:
-4 Infants/Young Toddlers with birthdates after March 2020.

Email us at hillcrestak@gmail.com with your child’s 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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