The Duneland Family
YMCA recently received a Community Fund grant from the Porter County
Community Foundation (PCCF). The funds helped advance the Y's Early Learning
Program by sending members of their teaching staff to the National
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is an
organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young
children, birth through age 8. The organization works to achieve a
collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society
dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.
offered more than 400 learning sessions that provided professional
development training and information about the national accreditation
process. Nearly 8,000 early childhood educators attended.
"The conference was
amazing and I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to participate," said
Shannon Spratley, Y Chief Operating Officer. "I attended sessions on
accreditation process and made connections that will be beneficial when we
transition to our new facility, the Forchetti Family YMCA Center for Early
Learning later this year.”
Y Program Director
Sally Gabric said that she had heard how amazing the NAEYC conference was
throughout her entire career and had always wanted to attend. "PCCF provided
that opportunity through the generosity of this grant," she said. "I am
forever grateful for the opportunity as I continue to apply information
learned from experts at NAEYC to build our programs to be the best they can
Coordinator Kayla Lee says she's anxious to take all of the knowledge she
learned and implement it into her classroom environment.
The Porter County
Community Foundation gathers donations from the community, grows those
donations through investment and gives grants to organizations, all for the
good of Porter County. PCCF grants are awarded through an open grant process
for humanitarian, cultural, educational and environmental purposes.
The Duneland Family
YMCA is a charitable nonprofit focusing on youth development, healthy living
and social responsibility.
information on the Y's Early Learning Academy or to schedule a tour, contact
Kayla Lee at (219) 921-0183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.