THE FORCHETTI FAMILY YMCA CENTER FOR EARLY LEARNING IS NOW ENROLLING FOR HALF-DAY PRESCHOOL!

Contact our center Director today to learn more or schedule a tour!

FORCHETTI FAMILY YMCA CENTER FOR EARLY LEARNING

Early Learning Preschool Program

THE FORCHETTI FAMILY YMCA CENTER FOR EARLY LEARNING

Welcome to Preschool at the Y!


At the Y, we believe strengthening community starts with helping kids reach their potential. That’s why our early learning and preschool program helps your child build confidence for life while having fun with friends their age in our safe and supportive classrooms. They have fun learning through child-guided experiences which support healthy intellectual and physical development. They’ll find teachers who believe in them and give them the freedom to be themselves, try something new, and make new friends. 

ABOUT US

At A Glance

The Forchetti Family YMCA Center for Early Learning is committed to providing affordable, dependable, high-quality child care services on a year-round basis to families in the Duneland Community. 

HOURS

Mon. - Fri. 

5:30am - 6:30pm

LOCATION

270 E. Burdick Road

Chesterton, IN 46304

SAFE & EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT FOR

Infants through children
5 years of age

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM OPTIONS

Building a Strong Foundation

Offering a full-day care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and half-day preschool, our early learning and preschool programs enrich kids inside and out. Through our values—caring, honesty, respect and responsibility— we'll develop your child to their fullest potential, from social skills to kids’ fitness.
Our center is dedicated to providing young children with a developmentally appropriate, year-round preschool education. 
INFANTS (6 weeks - 12 months)

Infants spend their day playing with sensory objects and toys, enjoying stroller walks outside when the weather permits, and participating in activities like bubbles, playing with sensory toys, listening to music, and more. Infant teachers understand the cognitive, physical, and social development of infants. Each child receives his or her own crib and cubby to store items. Mothers may choose to provide their own milk or stop in anytime during the day to nurse in our nursing room.

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now open!

Contact our center director today to find out more about why the Forchetti Family YMCA Center for Early Learning is the right fit for your family.
CURRICULUM
CURRICULUM

We use The Creative Curriculum®  developed by Teaching Strategies, Inc. This allows us to provide a well-rounded early learning program for children prior to Kindergarten. Our staff members implement both teacher-developed and child-directed activities. Here, curriculum builds year-after-year centering on development of children’s social-emotional, cognitive, language, physical skills, and core subject areas such as science, literacy, and mathematics. We partner with families to create goals for their child and update families on developmental milestones through conferences and Teaching Strategies assessment tools.

NUTRITION
NUTRITION

The YMCA Forchetti Center for Early Learning participates in the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program, which plays a vital role in the quality of meals being served. We offer a morning snack, hot catered lunch, and two afternoon snacks, following strict guidelines on all food selection, preparation, and documentation of meals. We also provide formula with iron, commercial baby food in jars, and rice cereal for infants too young to eat catered lunch. We work diligently to make sure every child is getting the nutrition needed for their growth and development.

OUR TEACHERS
OUR TEACHERS

Our teachers are selected for their expertise, enthusiasm, and experience. They look forward to working with children every morning and our staff retention rates reflect that. All of our lead teachers meet state educational requirements. They complete extensive training in child development and age-appropriate program planning, CPR/AED, First-Aid, and child abuse prevention. Reference checks and extensive background checks are performed to ensure the safety of all children.

OUR FACILITY
OUR FACILITY

Intentionally designed to enhance the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of all children, our facility features a huge multipurpose space, indoor and outdoor cafeteria, large classrooms with floor to ceiling windows, and an on-site kitchen. Outside, children are able to stay active when weather permits on two large, age appropriate playgrounds set on 5 acres of expansive outdoor space. Parents have a sense of security knowing our center has a monitored and locked front entrance for families, while classrooms and property are monitored with a state-of-the-art security system linked with an intercom system.

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

Our center also offers these enrichment programs. Enrichment programs are included in tuition and reinforce classroom learning in a small group setting.

MUSIC IN MOTION

Music and Motion is geared to encourage learning through songs, dance, instruments, and body movement. This fun active class teaches early learning concepts for our little ones in a fast-paced environment.

SPORTS ACADEMY
MINDS IN MOTION
FITNESS & NUTRITION ACADEMY
The importance of accreditation

The importance of accreditation

Our center isn't just licensed—we're a Paths to QualityTM accredited center, too! Paths to QualityTM accreditation means that we are committed to continuously improve the quality of child care and early education we provide and an outside agency visits us to verify everything we do.                                                                              

A Positive Learning Atmosphere

A Positive Learning Atmosphere

With a multipurpose room, expansive outdoor space, spacious outdoor playground, a school garden, and an on-site kitchen, our center serves a wide range of ages and activities. Our large classrooms are intentionally designed to enhance the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of all children in a safe and inspiring environment.                                                                  

OUR TEACHERS

Building Strong Beginnings for Bright Futures

Raising children is a partnership between families and educators to nourish children’s physical, social emotional, language, and cognitive development through play-based learning. Our teachers create an environment where children can feel safe to explore the world around them through the curriculum and unique enrichments that build thoughtful life-long learners.  

Sarah Earl
Sarah EarlEarly Childhood Director[email protected]
Kayla Lee
Kayla LeePreschool Coordinator[email protected]
Melissa Griffith
Melissa GriffithYouth Program Business Manager[email protected]

We look forward to meeting you soon!

There's better way to experience the Forchetti Family YMCA Center for Early Learning than on a private tour with one of our Directors! Email [email protected] to schedule a time that works best for you. We can't wait to meet your family! 

You Can Find Us At

270 East Burdick Road
Chesterton, IN 46304

Hours

Monday - Friday
5:30 am - 6:30 pm

Call Us Now

(219) 926-4204             

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