History

Mission Statement

Hillcrest Children’s Center provides quality care for every child in an environment focused on developing a foundation for a lifelong love of learning and respect for self and others. Hillcrest is a non-profit child development center that believes quality care comes from a partnership between the home and school.

Program Philosophy

Hillcrest’s approach to program development is based on the following essential belief:

Children should be cared for in a loving, safe environment, surrounded by positive interactions, where they develop feelings of self-esteem based on individual strengths and accomplishments. Learning is best achieved through play, and through activities that are designed to offer experiences in a variety of situations geared to the developmental needs of the child.

Values

The guiding values of Hillcrest are involvement, acceptance, quality, diversity and family environment.

Organization Structure

Conveniently located close to downtown, Hillcrest Children’s Center, Inc. is located on Government Hill, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Anchorage. Hillcrest Children’s Center has provided the Alaska community with quality care since 1968. Hillcrest Day Care Center, Incorporated was established as a parent-owned, non-profit corporation dedicated to community service through its early childhood development and educational programs. In May 1994, the name was changed to Hillcrest Children’s Center. Hillcrest is a tax-exempt organization as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. Accordingly, all donations to Hillcrest are tax deductible. The Executive Director (Director) is employed by the Board. The Director has the authority to hire staff and handle the daily operation of the Center. The Director oversees and performs those activities in the execution of the purposes and policies of the Center. All employees report to the Director.

Board of Directors

Every parent is invited and welcomed at the Board of Directors (Board) meetings. The Board works in cooperation with Hillcrest’s Director to ensure that Hillcrest continues to deliver quality care and education, while also operating in accordance with sound business practices. All parents are strongly encouraged to participate in setting policy and direction for Hillcrest. If you would like a topic discussed at a board meeting, we ask that you submit it to the Director or Board Member in advance of the Friday before the meeting. Each meeting also includes a Community Comment Period to allow for anyone to share comments and/or concerns. This time is a sharing time only; if the comment requires follow-up, the Director or a Board Member will be in touch within the week.

Physical Facility

Hillcrest owns the building in which the center operates. The physical facility complies with the building code of the Municipality of Anchorage. As required, the Board authorizes upgrades to the facility to maintain its quality and ensure the safety of our children.

Many projects are funded through loan programs and grants. Parents have, and continue to contribute significantly through fundraising activities, and other in-kind contributions. One such example is the Roof/Preschool Project. Parent volunteers completed a significant amount toward this project, including the removal of roofing, siding, windows, and provided the cleanup for the debris. Parents also worked together over several months on fundraising opportunities to help support the project financially.