YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development


The La Porte County Family YMCA is a leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We are a powerful association of men, woman and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of our community. 

With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Our Y ensures that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. To do our important work, our Y relies on support from members, donors, volunteers and community leaders. 

Our Y believes that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our community. Every day our impact is felt when a mentor inspires a child, when an individual makes a healthy choice and when the community comes together for the common good. 

Our Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. Be a part of a cause committed to moving people and communities forward. 

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It is with great pleasure we announce that our state licensed, Level 4 Paths To Quality rated Childcare and Learning Center has once again been reaccredited for another three years by the National Early Childhood Accreditation Program (NECPA). Many facets of our program are reviewed and observed during the reaccreditation process. They assess quality in the areas of adult and child interaction, staff framing, health and safety; physical environment, administration, and parent and community relationships. A strong emphasis is placed on current developments in health and safety, brain research and risk management. The NECPA Commission is dedicated to promoting high quality early childhood programs across the country and internationally.

In the notice of reaccreditation, NECPA commended our Center for achieving full accreditation. Adding that this achievement highlights the dedication of our program to high quality early childhood care and education. Our Y Childcare and Learning Center continues to be a part of a select group of early childhood care and education programs nationwide and internationally that have shown an exceptional commitment to professional and programmatic quality through accreditation.

La Porte County Family YMCA Executive Director, Cindy Berchem stated, "At the Y, we believe every child should be given the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Our Y is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment for all children in our care. Accreditation requires a large commitment of staff hours and financial resources but at the La Porte County Family YMCA, we believe our Y kids are worth the investment of time and resources. Our staff is dedicated to the development and well-being of all the children we care for in our programs."

Berchem recognizes and thanks all of the staff that worked so hard to receive this reaccreditation. She commends Childcare and Learning Center Director Courtney Eickmann, Childcare and Learning Center Coordinator Liliana Ake and all the teachers, assistants and support staff for their dedication and commitment to children.

The Y Childcare and Learning Center provides care for children, ages 6 weeks through kindergarten. The Center currently has openings in some classes. For more information or to enroll your child in this quality program, please contact Center Director Courtney Eickmann at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (219)326-7646. The Y. So much more.


Camp is the perfect place for children Grades K-8 to be during Spring Break!

What better way to spend your Spring Break than at the YMCA Camp?  Each day of camp comes packed with the perfect amount of activities and fun. Children will get to make new friends, play exciting games and participate in activities in a structured and nurturing environment. Each day we will be learning a different form of science. Examples are plants, chemistry, economics, learning about the ocean, and Friday will be work out day! Other activities include swimming, arts and crafts, Nintendo Wii, games in the gym, movies, snacks and much more!

Member: $20 Non-member: $30

The cost is $20 per child per day for members and $30 for non-members. Please register your children at the Member Service Desk.  For more information contact Reece Arthur,  Program Coordinator at 219-325-9622 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 3rd & 6-10  Drop kids off as early as 6:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 6:00 p.m


(Swim lessons for non-swimmers ages 4-12 years old) Spring Break is the perfect time to get your kids in the pool! This program introduces non-swimmers to the water. At the Y, we are always concerned about keeping families safe. That is why we offer an inexpensive way for kids to learn basic swimming skills and practice safety habits in and around water, which develops a sense of accomplishment and increases confidence.

There will be 30-minute afternoon times available daily from 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. - 5:00p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Registration is open now.

Classes run April 6th - 10th. Cost: $25 per child for the week.


Bunny Bubble Underwater Easter Egg Hunt for boys and girls, ages 1-12

When:  Saturday, March 28 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Where: The Jones Family Pool at the La Porte Branch

The event is FREE to the public. Waiver must be signed by parent or guardian prior to event. Children under age 8 must have a guardian over age 18 in the pool with them unless the child can pass the swim test. Swim test must be passed for those wishing to dive for eggs in the deep end of the pool. Swim tests will begin at 12:00 p.m. There will be four dives during the one-hour event. Each egg retrieved gets a pick from the prize baskets. Limit 10 eggs per child, per dive.

For more information contact, Aquatics Department at (219) 325-9622, or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The La Porte County Life has been with the Y for quite some time. They will be covering our progress at our Michigan City Branch. 

Click here to watch an interview with Cindy Berchem, Executive Director of our Y. 

Join us for our 12th Annual La Porte County Family YMCA 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the beautiful Soldiers Memorial Park in La Porte Indiana! This exciting event is a Calumet Region Striders Gold Cup Series Race. Register Online HERE

7:20-8:50 a.m. — Registration
9 a.m. — 10K Run, 9:20 a.m. — 5K Run
Times are Central Daylight Saving Time (CDT)

Course: The course starts near Stone Lake beach, takes you past Pine Lake, though scenic La Porte County and back through Soldiers Memorial Park. The 10K course is certified by USA Track & Field (Code: IN 06018 MW). The 10K and 5K have separate start lines, however, both races finish at Cummings Lodge. Please plan to arrive early.

Awards: Awards for top overall male and female finishers and top overall Masters (over age 40) male and female finisher in both races. Male and female age-group awards for the first three finishers in the following age groups in both races (unless noted):See brochure for further information. 

Entry Fee*:

10K Run

$20 per entry by March 11, 2015
$17 per entry by March 11, 2015 (without t-shirt)
$25 per entry after March 11, 2015 (shirt not guaranteed)

5K Run / Walk

$18 per entry by March 11, 2015
$15 per entry by March 11, 2015 (without t-shirt)
$23 per entry after March 11, 2015 (shirt not guaranteed)

* - $2 DISCOUNT for CRS members if registered by March 16, 2015.

Download Brochure & Registration Form Here!

Click on each one below to see the results:

10K Age Group Results

5K Age Group Results

10K Overall Finish List

5K Overall Finish List

Clydesdale and Athena Results

Franciscan St. Anthony Health –Michigan City and IU Health La Porte Hospital are reaching out to La Porte County residents to get their views on the most important health needs in their communities. Please take five minutes to share what you think are the most pressing health needs in our community by clicking on the following survey link surveymonkey.com/s/inhealthneedssurvey .

Resident responses to the online survey will be used to help each hospital determine its community benefit strategies for the years 2016-2018.  In 2013, Franciscan St. Anthony Health Michigan City and IU Health La Porte Hospital invested more than $98 million to improve the health of the community and provide free or reduced cost healthcare to qualifying residents.

Please take a few moments to help guide the hospitals’ strategies to make the most impact in the health of our community. Thank you

At the Y, we are constructing healthier communities.

La Porte Branch
901 Michigan Ave.
La Porte, IN 46350
Phone: (219)325-9622
Fax: (219)325-3600

       Michigan City Elston Branch
     317 Detroit St. Door K
     Michigan City, IN 46360
     Phone: (219)221-4055

     Long Beach Branch
     2501 Oriole Trail
     Long Beach, IN 46360
     Phone: (219) 879-1395
     Fax: (219)879-1358
      Childcare & Learning Center
     2510 Monroe Street
     La Porte , IN 46350
     Phone: (219) 326-764
     Fax: (219)324-7004
      Andrew Ave. Outdoor Center
        Education & Recreation Facility 
      1400 Andrew Avenue
      Phone: (219)325-9600 (Main)