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The Forchetti Family YMCA Center for Early Learning

Your child’s bright future starts with early education.

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 as they grow in spirit, mind, and body. They’ll find teachers who believe in them and give them the freedom to be themselves, try something new, and make new friends.

Building a Strong Foundation

Offering full and part-time opportunities, the Forchetti Center is dedicated to providing young children with a developmentally appropriate, year-round preschool education.
Our program includes child-guided learning experiences which support healthy spiritual, intellectual and physical development.
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.

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

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 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
Fitness/Nutrition Academy
Minds in Motion
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.

At the Forchetti Family YMCA’s Center for Early Learning we utilize The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, and Two’s® along with The Creative Curriculum for Preschool®.

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning. It is based on 38 objectives for development and learning.

The Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies has 38 research-based learning objectives that are organized into 10 areas of development and learning.

  • Social-Emotional
  • Physical
  • Language
  • Cognitive
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts
  • English Language Acquisition

The Y's Way to The Creative Curriculum rounds out the program with two additional components that are unique to YMCAs:

  • Healthy Habits: 3 key areas: nutritional choices, physical activity, and physical and personal safety
  • Social, Moral, & Spiritual Development: Staff will demonstrate, teaching, and celebrating the Y character development values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Children are assessed on their development in each of the 38 learning objectives each December and May.

For more Curriculum information please visit Teaching Strategies Website:

Excerpts from YMCA Preschool Curriculum, Teaching Strategies, Inc.

The Forchetti Family YMCA Center for Early Learning partners with United Way's Porter County School Readiness Program. The program is a STEAM-curriculum, designed to provide children with a positive learning and skills development experience prior to attending Kindergarten.

  • Safe, secure facility
  • Tree-lined picturesque setting
  • Expansive outdoor space
  • Large, age-appropriate playgrounds
  • Spacious field space for sports activities
  • School garden
  • Huge multipurpose space
  • Indoor and outdoor cafeteria
  • Large classrooms with floor to ceiling windows
  • Outdoor decks, directly accessible from classrooms
  • On-site kitchen

Our facility has a monitored and locked front entrance for families. Each classroom and our grounds are monitored with a state-of-the-art video monitoring system and linked with an intercom system. Our video surveillance system will be connected to the Porter County Sheriff’s department. This provides the department the ability to go live in the event an intruder or disturbance in the facility or on the property.

We are participating in the Child and Adult Food Program.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks are prepared on-site daily. Well-balanced meals incorporate nutritional guidelines set forth by the State of Indiana and the USDA. We are proud followers of the HEPA (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity) standards that will build a healthier future for our children by creating an environment rich in opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity

Lead Teachers have either a CDA Credential, Associates in ECH Ed, or bachelor’s degree, with experience in Early Childhood Education, or are working toward completion of their degree. All teachers are required to pass a criminal background check and complete trainings in CPR, First Aid, and AED; Child Abuse Prevention; Bloodborne Pathogen Precautions; and 20 additional hours each year in Early Childhood Education. All teachers continue early childhood education through various YMCA certification courses and early childhood conferences.

Home and school are a child’s two most important worlds. Our goal is to connect these two worlds in a positive, respectful way so the children feel secure and confident. Special events throughout the year and guest visits offer opportunities for families to share in the school experience.

We are proud providers of Indiana’s voluntary childcare rating and improvement system, Paths to QUALITYtm.

Paths to QUALITYtm. is an exciting statewide quality rating and improvement system designed to provide the children of Indiana brighter futures through better childcare. One of the ways they let you and us know how we are doing is through a four-level rating system. Currently we are pleased to announce that we are a Level 1 Paths to QUALITYtm. provider. We will keep you informed of our progress as we work to reach Level 4.

Our involvement in Paths to QUALITYtm. means we are committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and professional environment where children can grow and learn. We know that quality childcare leads to a brighter future for all children, and we are honored to be entrusted with such an important responsibility.

Research shows that high quality early learning experiences prepare children for future success in school, work, and life. From birth to age five is the most important time for growth of the human brain. So, choosing high quality care for your child is very important!

Contact us to learn how our program is changing due to PATH to QUALITYtm and how it can make a profound difference in your child’s development. You can also visit for more information.


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! Call us at 219-962-4204 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


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

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(219) 926-4204