The Whitley County Family YMCA was established in 1993 as part of the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne Association.
The Y’s mission is “To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” Through programs that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support our neighbors. The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities.
In July 2012, the Y responded to a critical community need for childcare for children ages 6 weeks through school age when the largest licensed childcare closed abruptly.
Parents and staff immediately teamed up to ensure continued care for the children and the Y’s staff and volunteer board acted quickly in good faith to relieve the crisis and commit to a long-term solution. Partnering with New Hope Wesleyan Church, who provided space, the Y opened its Early Learning Center within 30 days of the closing announcement. This arrangement was intended to be short-term.
As a permanent solution, the Y chose to add an Early Learning Center onto our existing building. The expansion was built for a licensed childcare center, including specially designed classrooms, restrooms, kids’ gym, playground and offices. A school age classroom was also added to meet the growing needs of our summer day camp and elementary childcare programs.