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Duneland Family YMCA Receives Grant for Early Learning Academy Classroom

The Duneland Family YMCA was the recipient of a community fund grant from the Porter County Community Foundation.

(left to right) Bill Higbie, President & CEO of the Porter County Community Foundation, along with Kent Mishler, Foundation Board Member, visited Dave Kasarda, CEO/Executive Director of the Duneland Family YMCA, and students at the Duneland Family YMCA’s Early Learning Academy to award a Community Fund Grant.

The funds awarded helped equip the Duneland Family YMCA’s Early Learning Academy 5 year old classroom. The items purchased included new furniture creating a comfortable and safe learning environment, interactive play sets like a dress-up unit to inspire creativity & spark the imagination, along with other supplies that focus on using small and large motor skills.

The new classroom materials were specifically selected to follow the Paths to Quality system standards, which is Indiana’s state-wide child care quality rating and improvement system. The goal of the Early Learning Academy program is to engage kids, from six-weeks old to pre-school, in daily age-appropriate learning and development activities, helping to ensure they will be ready for kindergarten.