Childcare now available at La Porte County YMCA for essential services families

Thirty new spots at the La Porte County Family YMCA’s Childcare Center, 2510 Monroe St., La Porte, have now been approved by the state to open immediately for essential service families, Laurie Halaska, YMCA CEO said today.

The center is able to enroll children up to the age of 12 years old in its accredited licensed childcare program.

Halaska said the Y will follow Gov. Eric Holcomb’s guidelines in determining who qualifies as an “essential service family.”

In addition, all families must answer the following four critical questions prior to enrolling their children:

  1. Has the family traveled to a Level 3 region within the last two weeks: CDC travel recommendations
  2. Have a confirmed case of the virus?
  3. Have a household member with a confirmed case of the virus?
  4. Have or had any flu type symptoms in the last two weeks?

“In this unique season, our Y and its staff are called to serve our community in unique ways.  Our La Porte County Family YMCA has a 110 year history of adjusting our service delivery to meet large-scale community needs and this is just one of many ways we plan on supporting our community through these difficult days of COVID-19,” Halaska said.

She credited Stefanie Gurband, the YMCA’s Childcare Center director, who initiated and worked with the state to allow the Y the opportunity to help the community’s families in their search for quality childcare.

The Level 4, Paths to Quality designation is a National Accreditation, which provides          the “highest rated programs and have demonstrated a commitment to the highest         level of professionalism in quality early care and education — achievement of a      nationally recognized accreditation” as described by the State of Indiana.

Gurband can be contacted at or 219.326.7646 for information on how to register.

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