A look at Anchorage daycare options with schools closed
News that Anchorage schools will be closed for the week after the 7.0 earthquake that rattled the region Friday has some parents scrambling for daycare for their school-aged children.
Fortunately, there are options this week. The following are just a few:
Camp Fire Alaska
Camp Fire will provide full day child care from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at two locations, Nunaka Valley Elementary and Huffman Elementary. Daycare is only for families already enrolled in the Camp Fire program. There are a limited number of slots that will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. The cost is $45. Camp Fire hopes to open more sites, if necessary.
Check Camp Fire Alaska's website for updates.
Boys and Girls Clubs
Boys and Girls clubs have drop-in clubhouses where children as young as 6 years old can spend the day participating in a variety of activities under staff supervision. It is considered an open campus, which means children are allowed to leave. Meals are provided and there is no cost to families this week. The two locations currently open in Anchorage are:
Woodland Park Boys and Girls Club, 2300 36th Ave., open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mountain View Boys and Girls Club, 315 Price St., open 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Dome Sports Camps
The Dome will offer sports camps from 7:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for children ages 6 to 12 years old. The cost is $49 a day or $196 for the week.
The Alaska Club is offering full and half day camps for children at their East and South locations. The camps are offered at member's prices.
Arctic Gymnastics is offering camps for children from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the closure. The cost is $55 a day for nonmembers.
Alaska Theatre of Youth
Alaska Theatre of Youth is offering camps for children ages 6 to 16 years old at the Cyrano's Theater Company location. Camps are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The cost is $40 a day.
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