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Forchetti Family YMCA Center for Early Learning open Monday

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On Monday, October, 12, the Forchetti Family YMCA Center for Early Learning will open its doors at 270 E. Burdick Rd. The newly renovated facility includes large classrooms with floor to ceiling windows, a huge multipurpose space, multiple age-appropriate playgrounds, outdoor learning spaces, a school garden, cafeteria space inside and out with onsite nutritious meal preparation, and a Preschool Sports Academy.

“At the Y, helping kids and families thrive is at the heart of our mission to serve,” said Shannon Spratley, Duneland Family YMCA Chief Operating Officer. “It’s more important than ever that children have a safe, enriching environment for learning, and we are thrilled to help meet community needs by providing a facility where children are able to continue their social, emotional, physical, and academic growth in a secure, nurturing environment.”

The Forchetti Center provides education and development focused on promoting cognitive, emotional, social, and physical skills for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years in a safe and secure environment. Currently, the Forchetti Center is a Level 1 Paths to Qualityª provider an Indiana State Licensed Center and continues working towards a Level 4 Paths to Qualityª rating and National Accreditation, the State’s highest rating, and features state-of-the-art classroom video monitoring system linked with an intercom system and video surveillance system.

Enrollment is available full time for infants and toddlers and full time or part time for children ages 3-5 years. To schedule a tour, please contact Kayla Lee, Preschool Coordinator, at or (219) 926-4204.

The Forchetti Family YMCA Center for Early Learning will host a ribbon cutting on Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 4:30 to 5 p.m.. Community members will be able to tour the new facility and speak with staff. To learn more and to RSVP, please visit

The Duneland YMCA is located at 215 Roosevelt Street, Chesterton. It is a charitable nonprofit focusing on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.



Posted 10/9/2020




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