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Justin Davidson, Wasilla Early Head Start; President
Erin Hina, Wasilla Head Start, Vice President
Heidi Jaques, Meadow Lakes Head Start, Secretary
Thomas Cossom, Chugiak Head Start; Treasurer
Alexis Crayne, Meadow Lakes Head Start, Correspondence Secretary

Laurie Faubert, Wasilla Head Start
Theresa Walton, Palmer Community Representative
Heather Waters, Wasilla Head Start
Anthony Waters, Wasilla Head Start
Hazel Davidson Wasilla Early Head Start

Robert Hina, Wasilla Head Start
Josh Schumacher, Meadow Lakes Head Start
Gala Greenlund, Meadow Lakes EarlyHead Start
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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.

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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:

403 S. Alaska Street
Palmer, Alaska 99645
(907) 745-4040 (phone)
(907) 745-4060 (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

Janene Lovelace, Center Coordinator
Kristine Bayne, Family Partnership Coordinator

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

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

Sutton-Palmer Head Start

Nancy Tremaine, 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
Tabatha Peterson, 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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