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Healthy child development starts early. That’s why we offer an Early Childhood Development Program that help children learn the essential skills they’ll need later on. Our trained, supportive staff work to help everyone have the best possible start in their education!

The Early Childhood Development Program allows children to: grow personally, clarify values, develop specific skills, improve personal & family relationships, and become better leaders. Early Learners become instilled with the YMCA’s mission of developing the spirit, mind and body of each individual and encouraging an atmosphere of cooperation, mutual respect, and a safe environment for all.

We use the Creative Curriculum, which balances teacher‐ planned and child‐initiated learning, emphasizing responsiveness to children's strengths, interests, needs, and learning styles. The curriculum includes activities such as dramatic play, language, science, math, social studies, music, art, and large and small motor development.

To schedule a tour of the Early Childhood Facility, to register your child or for more information on our programs, contact Shannon Spratley at 219.921.0183 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Program Offerings  

All Day Preschool

Infants & 1’s – Our focus is the same as yours, emphasis is placed on learning how to crawl, walk, talk, play, share, and dance. Songs, books, Sign Language, discovery, and hands on crafts are integrated throughout the learning process.

2’s – Sharing, caring, respect, and responsibility are taught early on in the program to assist with lessons in potty training, Sign Language, Spanish, letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.

3’s – With countless messy crafts, yoga, songs, dancing, and daily stories comes building skills in language, expression, shapes, math, science, counting, and art.

4’s – Singing, dancing, and game play are integrated into the curriculum while learning the calendar, shapes, letters, and numbers. Science experiments, food crafts, and stories all make the day fun and fly bye.

5’s – It is time to get ready for Kindergarten! Focus is placed on introducing students to the skills they will be using in Duneland Schools. Reading, writing, math, sight words, and learning to be independent are integrated daily. 

Half Day Preschool - Ages 3-5 years

Children will engage in age-appropriate activities that focus on the development of the whole child. Our classroom environment and curriculum will challenge your child to develop their cognitive, social/emotional, physical, Literacy, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Social Studies, and The Arts. Children will engage in large motor activities in our gym, take field trips, and explore the outdoors.  Duneland Family YMCA Half-Day Preschool Program will encourage your child to reach their next developmental milestone.

Half Day Pre-kindergarten Program 

The year before a child enters kindergarten is a crucial time in his/her life. Our pre-kindergarten program is designed to provide children with the foundation necessary for positive future learning. This program is designed for children who miss the cutoff date for entrance into kindergarten and are ready for a more academic classroom environment. Children will engage in Language Arts, Handwriting, Math Concepts, Science & Technology, Social Awareness (Social Studies/Geography), Music, Visual Arts, self-expression through journals, and large/small muscle development. Children will enjoy large motor activities in our gym take field trips, and explore the outdoors. 

Our Mission
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.