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Duneland Y names Kayla Lee Early Learning Coordinator

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Duneland Family YMCA has education and development programs for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. More than a simple day care, the Y’s Early Learning Academy is the best of what research and common sense tell us kids need: healthy beginnings, positive interaction with caring adults, age appropriate learning activities and plenty of time for fun and making friends. At the Y, helping kids and families thrive is at the heart of our mission to serve.

Kayla Lee was recently appointed as the Early Learning Coordinator, and says she feels blessed to have the opportunity to help make lifelong impressions on countless young lives in the Duneland community. She has been working for the Y in the preschool childcare program since she was 15, when she became a child care assistant and then as the lead teacher for the three and four-year-old classes. She graduated from Purdue with a BA in Social Work and also has had behavior modification training.

“I love going to work each day. Here at the Y, we are a close-knit family and we truly care about each other and the children we work with every day. As early childhood educators we can ensure students get off to the best start in life. I am excited to be able to assist our childcare staff as they help children develop social and behavioral skills as well as learning tools using The Creative Curriculum and following Indiana’s Paths To Quality Guidelines for early care programs,” said Lee. “Paths To Quality Guidelines are Indiana’s Child Care Quality Rating and Improvement System. Research shows that children’s experiences play a significant role in the way their brains develop, and the way a child’s brain develops plays a significant role in the future success of the child. That is why high-quality early care and education programs are essential to all children. At the Duneland Y Early Learning Academy, we strive to meet these guidelines and provide the best program for our children.”

The Duneland Y Early Learning Academy is located at 651 W. Morgan Ave., Chesterton. The program is available Monday through Friday between 5:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Children are provided snacks and lunch each day. Enrollment is available full time for infants, toddlers and preschool.

For more information or to schedule a facility tour, contact Kayla at (219) 921-0183 or Programs for the Early Learning Academy are made possible in part through the funding from United Way of Porter County.


Posted 1/18/2019




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