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YMCA Early Learning Academy is helping build the future

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The YMCA Early Learning Academy partners with parents to grow happy children, ages six weeks to five years. Much more than a simple day care, it's the best of what research and common sense says kids need: healthy beginnings; positive interaction with caring, well-trained adults; age-appropriate learning activities; and plenty of time for fun and making friends. The trained, supportive staff works to help participants have the best possible start in their education.

Karissa Grubl has been on staff for eight years. She says that in addition to helping transform kid's lives, the Y has changed her life as well. "When you take on the responsibility of caring for and educating children, you also become a role model. It's so important that we're not only helping youngsters learn the skills needed to be successful upon entering kindergarten, but also to succeed in life." Karissa, along with the entire Y staff, demonstrates, teaches and celebrates the Y's character development values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility on a daily basis.

"I feel like we're the role models that the kids need," said Grubl. "If you want to change lives, this is the place." Her daughter Blakely began attending the Y Early Learning Academy when she was six weeks old. "Blakey's life has been changed through her education and activities here. She took her first steps at the Y, she's learned how to interact with other children and adults, and because of the Y's focus on youth development and core values, Blakely has learned so much from her teachers," Grubl added.

Program participants are challenged to develop social-emotional, cognitive, physical and language skills. The curriculum covers literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and the arts in addition to STEM activities, Spanish lessons and much more.

The Y Early Learning Academy offers education and development programs, available Monday through Friday from 5:45 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., for children ages 6 weeks-5 years. The Early Learning Academy is located at 651 W. Morgan Ave., Chesterton, at Entrance #8. Children are provided snacks and lunch each day.

Enrollment is available full time for infants & toddlers. Preschool enrollment is available full time or part time.

To register or schedule a tour contact Kayla Lee by email, or phone 219-921-0183.


Posted 12/7/2018




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