Firefighters from the Chesterton Volunteer Fire Department and Firefighters
Local 4600 donated a new evacuation crib for use at the Duneland Family YMCA
Preschool. The crib enables staff to quickly and safely evacuate infants
when minutes and seconds count most. The durable duty crib is equipped with
heavy duty casters so it can easily be rolled to safety in the event of an
"The gift of this crib is especially meaningful for our program because it
will enable us to easily evacuate the babies in a more efficient manner"
said Jessica Macius, Coordinator for Duneland YMCA's Preschool and School
Age Child Care programs. "Although, we have not experienced a fire
emergency, we do practice on a monthly basis to keep staff and children
The infant and one year old classrooms focus on what most parents focus on
with their children of that age: learning how to walk, talk, play, share and
dance. Flash cards, songs, books, Sign Language, discovery and hands-on
crafts are integrated throughout the process.
“The amount of development that we have seen since Reese has been with the
YMCA is incredible. She joined at approximately 10 months and we have seen
nothing but growth. Her motor skills and verbal skills have vastly improved,
and her social skills have increased. Reese is always excited to go see all
the other children and the assistants in the one year old room,” said
Allison Holda, mom to 1 year old Reese. “We are incredibly happy with the
level of attention and activities that the YMCA participates in, as well as
the involvement in the community. We highly recommend them to everyone who
asks where we send our daughter to daycare, even to those who don’t ask!”
Quality child care is the top priority at the Early Childhood Development
Center, and is achieved by providing children as young as six weeks of age
with creative learning experiences that help them develop and ultimately
gain the skills necessary for Kindergarten.
The Early Childhood Development Center is located within Chesterton Middle
School, Entrance #8.
Call (219) 921-0183 to schedule a tour.
Scholarships are available to qualifying families through the Financial
Assistance Program created to ensure that no one is turned away due to their
inability to pay.
The Duneland Family YMCA is a charitable nonprofit that focuses on youth
development, healthy living, and social responsibility and is a United Way
of Porter County Partner Agency.