Camp Fire Alaska | Light the Fire Within

School Programs

More than 1,200 youth attend our before and after school programs

We understand that quality programs help children develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills, and are key to helping youth become successful adults. Our municipally licensed programs offer kids challenging activities and learning experiences while also providing support to working families.

Camp Fire helped me to express myself and to stick up for myself. I remember when I was really shy. Now that I go here, I feel awesome!

Brendan, age 11

My children are better friends and more outgoing. They play games, try new things, and have even become better students. What a blessing Camp Fire is!

Megan, Camp Fire Parent

It makes life so much easier knowing my son is in great hands while I'm at work. He has fun with his friends, gets help with homework, and doesn't want to leave when I pick him up!

Brad, Camp Fire Parent

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Why Choose Camp Fire?


Known for our quality programs and caring, professional staff, we have watched generations of young Alaskans grow up in our Before and After School Programs and have over a century of experience helping youth thrive.

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Camp Fire operates 28 municipally licensed school-age childcare programs in Anchorage and Eagle River. Programs are located in elementary schools where participants are enrolled, creating consistency and easing the burden of transportation.

Locations >>

Hours of Operation

We are open before school from 7am and after school until 6pm (6:30pm in Eagle River). We offer programs on most scheduled school closure days, including in-service, winter and spring break, and we are usually open in select locations during unplanned closures (emergency or snow days).

Year-Round Programs

When school’s out, Camp Fire is in! We operate during the school year, during school breaks and all summer.

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Flexible Enrollment Plans

Choose an enrollment plan that fits your family’s needs—before school, after school, or both. In addition, you can choose a part-time schedule or a full-time plan that covers every day.

Flexible Enrollment Plans >>


We believe all youth and families should have access to our programs and we work hard to make that happen. Our Scholarship Program helps bridge the gap for those who need it, so all kids can have a safe place to go while their families are at work. Our school programs also accept childcare assistance payments.

Scholarships >>