We are proud to announce the acquisition of For Kids Only Daycare, Preschool and Before & After School Care in Sandwich, IL. The purchase was confirmed on December 29th, 2017 and DCFS licensing permit was issued to the Y’s Early Learning Academy on January 8th, 2018.

“The children currently attending For Kids Only are happy and healthy which I would directly attribute to the strong dedication the current staff has. The Y is committed to nurturing and supporting staff to continue this vital connection.” Amy Collins, Director of Child Care.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to continue focus on and invest in the development of youth in our community and serve our Sandwich area families.” Rebecca Morphey, FVFYMCA Board President.

For years, For Kids Only has provided a safe place to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance. The Y’s Early Learning Academy plans to build on that foundation by introducing Creative Curriculum focused on science, social studies and “first hand” experiences as a segue to learning. The Early Learning Academy will continue to develop confidence, creative and critical thinking skills necessary for Kindergarten.

In addition, the Early Learning Academy will also introduce the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which requires staff to follow USDA food guidelines. This program’s reimbursement allows for the Y to purchase fresh, more nutritious food for the facility.

The Early Learning Academy provides full daycare for birth-5 years, full and half-day preschool and Before & After School care. Enrollment includes a child membership to the FVFYCMA with reduced program pricing and access to both Central and West branch.