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For 45 years, CCS Early Learning has held firmly to the belief that our primary job is to partner together with the child’s first and most important teachers—the family. We understand that parents and guardians, aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers all have more experience and knowledge about the children in their lives, than we do. And, while we have a wonderful opportunity to come alongside children and families to assist and support them for a period of time, the immediate family members in a child’s life will continue to have the greatest impact both now and for many years to come.
This is exactly why our program takes a multi-generational approach. Together with parents, we work to screen and assess children across the entire spectrum; dental, medical, developmental, nutritional, behavioral, and educational. All of this assessment is designed to assist us in getting to know the child as thoroughly and as quickly as possible. Once we have done this, we can work together with families to set goals that will challenge and encourage the child in reaching their next developmental steps.
As families develop stronger, trusting relationships with CCS staff members we often discover areas where families would like assistance in reaching their own goals. This might include increased adult education or vocational training, additional knowledge about positive parenting techniques or child development, or help to acquire better housing or meet basic family needs. Every family is different and our job is to meet each one where they are and offer our assistance in a supportive and non-judgmental way.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 
(800) 877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).

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Danielle Howard
Vice President

Pat Purcell

Debbie Schnebel

Susan Schroeder

Karl Lund     


Lea Anne Abernathy

Therese Tomasoski

Sharon Bulawa

Crystal Perkins

Georgie Hashmi

Shaun Groshong







Shaun Groshong, Wasilla Head Start; President
Georgie Hashmi, Meadow Lakes Head Start, Vice President
Yolanda Ahuna, Wasilla Head Start, Correspondence Secretary
Leilani Horton, Sutton-Palmer Early Head Start; Treasurer

Amy Johnson, Meadow Lakes Head Start
Kerri Bussing, Meadow Lakes Head Start
Kathy and Destry Harmon, Meadow Lakes Head Start
Natalie Butts, Meadow Lakes Head Start

Amanda Johnson, Meadow Lakes Head Start
Lisa Hacker, Wasilla Head Start
James Hacker, Wasilla Head Start
, Community Representative

Thank you to these wonderful volunteers that help us make a difference!



Mark LackeyOn behalf of the staff, the Board of Directors, and the Policy Council of CCS Early Learning I would like to welcome you to our website. We strive to make this a resource that is helpful for current and potential families, for those seeking employment, and for those in the community that want to learn more about our agency. We want you to find the specific information you are looking for. If you do not, please take a moment to visit the "contact us" tab for information you can use to give us a call or send us an e-mail.

CCS Early Learning (formerly known as Chugiak Children's Services) is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides early childhood services in the Mat-Su Borough and in Chugiak and Eagle River. We have been providing services for over 40 years and are very proud of the strong roots and community connections we have developed during this time. We currently employ over 80 individuals, many of which at one time, were enrolled as children or parents themselves. Our employees are the key to our continued success. They work individually with each child and with each parent they encounter to help nurture growth and to remove obstacles that will hinder success. Working with young children and partnering with families is joyful and rewarding work and we feel very fortunate to have been a part of the many thousands of lives that CCS has touched.

As you browse these pages please know that our continued focus is on making a difference in the lives and families of young children within our communities. Our work is about growing strong, successful children and families. It is about developing the next generation of leaders and equipping them with the tools that they will need. But when you examine the work we do closely, it always comes down to helping one child or one parent at time, encouraging and assisting them in reaching their next goal. Making a difference - that is the CCS way.

Thank you for visiting our website!

CCS Early Learning Programs Team

Leadership Team

Mark Lackey, Executive Director
Donna Johnson, Programs Director
Cathy Gruver, Human Resource Director
Susan Hale, Finance Director

Administrative phone:

2060 E. Industrial Drive
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
(907) 373-7000 (phone)
(907) 373-7020 (fax)

Chugiak Head Start

Bonnie Monson, Center Coordinator
Michelle Schilling, Family Partnership Coordinator

(907) 688-2660 (phone) ~ (907) 688-1309 (fax)

Physical Address: 18530 Old Glenn Highway, Chugiak, AK
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 670233, Chugiak, AK  99567

Meadow Lakes Head Start

Tabatha Peterson, Center Coordinator
Michelle Cook, Family Partnership Coordinator

(907) 373-7165 (phone) ~ (907) 373-7300 (fax)

7362 West Parks Highway #752
Wasilla, Alaska 99623-9300

Sutton-Palmer Head Start

Vernell Whitney, Center Coordinator
Kristi Smethers, Family Partnership Coordinator

(907) 746-4483 (phone) ~ (907) 746-5183 (fax)

11672 Wright Way
Sutton, AK 99674
(Sutton Elementary School)

Wasilla Head Start

Marvella Webster, Center Coordinator
Joyce Wright, Family Partnership Coordinator

(907) 373-7795 (phone) ~ (907) 373-0752 (fax)

2100 E. Foundry Way
Wasilla, AK 99654

Early Head Start - Center Based

Patrick Cockrell, Program Coordinator
Carol Huizar, Family Partnership Coordinator

Early Head Start - Home Based

Services available at each of our four centers - Chugiak - Meadow Lakes - Palmer - Wasilla

(907) 373-7736 (phone) ~ (907) 373-7756 (fax)

2100 E. Foundry Way
Wasilla, AK 99654


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