• Welcome to Human Resources
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Employment Requirements
  • Employee Benefits

Our new Sutton-Palmer Head Start Center will be at Sutton Elementary and we will be hiring for open positions and always need good substitutes we can call CCS Early Learning has many different career paths for individuals interested in careers that contribute to the work we do to help make a difference in our communities. Individuals with high school, vocational, secondary, and post-secondary educations can consider positions with CCS. We have full-time, part-time, and on-call, employment opportunities in several areas including:    Early Childhood Education    Family Services           Advocacy    Management & Business                                                         
Transfers and promotions are encouraged within the agency allowing for career growth and employee satisfaction. See our Career Tracks for a detailed look at our advancement structure. This works well as evidenced by 45% percent of our current staff have held two or more positions within our agency. We also give a hiring preference to qualified current and past Head Start parents and are proud of the fact that 38% of our current staff are past parents who often start as volunteers to learn and enhance their knowledge and skills.

We offer excellent benefits for regular employees including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, training and professional development opportunities, advancement opportunities, paid leave, holidays, retirement plan 403(b) with up to 3% matching contribution.

Our Human Resource Department is located in our administrative office at 403 S. Alaska Street, Palmer, Alaska 99645.
For more information, please come by, call us at 745-4040, or email Cathy Gruver, Human Resource Director or Laura Wheeler, Human Resource Assistant.

For more information on our current employment opportunities, benefits, or how to apply please select one of the above tabs.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability, genetics, veteran status or any other status or classification protected under applicable state or federal law. For assistance in the recruitment process please contact us.


We are accepting applications for the following positions. Thank you for your interest, if you have questions please contact our Human Resources department, 745-4040.

Classroom Aide - Sutton Center (13 miles north of Palmer at the Sutton Elementary School). Part-time (24 hours per week), part-year (34 weeks per year). We follow the school district schedule with Spring & Christmas break off and summer months off. Assist as needed in 2 preschool classrooms, on the bus and with food service. This is a busy and flexible position that helps where needed and can occassionally result in more than 24 hours per week. If you love children, want to help make a difference, and like being off when the school district is off, this is the job for you.

Substitute - On Call - All Centers and All Programs, training opportunities, $8-10/hr DOE/E


How to Apply - Completed electronic applications or a paper application (Word format) (Adobe PDF format) sent to:

CCS Early Learning, Attn: Human Resources
403 S. Alaska Street, 2nd floor
Palmer, Alaska 99645

or faxed to: 907.745.4060 or email to Cathy Gruver or Laura Wheeler Questions? Call us at 745-4040

Pre-Employment Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check (Provisional)
  • Clear State Barrier Crimes review for Palmer, Wasilla, Meadow Lakes
  • Clear Municipality Barrier Crimes review for Chugiak
  • Fingerprints
  • Current TB Test
  • Health Physical
  • Interested Persons Report – (Alaska State Troopers report, $20 fee paid by employee - Chugiak Staff Only)
  • Policy Council Approval for Head Start positions
  • Three positive professional references
  • Copies of transcripts if a degree is required

Post and Continued Employment Requirements

  • CPR / First Aid Certification
  • Food Worker Card (for some positions). Information, training and online testing is available here for Palmer, Wasilla, and Meadow Lakes Centers. Chugiak Center staff need to go to the Municipality of Anchorage building to take the test in person.
  • Health Physical – Annual Health Reporting
  • A minimum of 20 hours of annual training
  • I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Employee Statement with two forms of identification required by the immigration reform and control act to ensure individuals are authorized to accept employment in this country
  • Driving Record Release form
  • Proof of current Auto insurance
  • Other In-house forms and requirements

Education Requirements:

  • Head Start teaching positions require a degree in Early Childhood (or related area)
  • Early Head Start teaching positions require a minimum of a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.
  • Each position has additional education and experience requirements as well as requirements for specific knowledge, skills and abilities that are listed on the job description and vacancy announcement.


CCS Early Learning offers competitive wages and an exceptional benefits plan. We offer medical, dental, vision, and life insurance programs to qualified employees. Educational reimbursements, paid leave, paid holidays, a health and wellness program, a flexible benefits program, Health Savings Account contributions, and a 403(b) tax deferred annuity with a 3% match.

Currently we are able to assist with college tuition, fees and books for staff pursuing a degree in early childhood. We also assist classroom staff in obtaining their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

For more information about our benefits program, download our Summary Benefits Description.