Back to School Happenings at the Portage Township YMCA

By: Portage Township YMCA Last Updated: August 22, 2012

Portage-YMCA-Child-Care-3Child Care and Development Center (full time child care)
We currently have openings for ages 2-5. The Center fills fast so please ask for a tour by calling 219-792-9622. “The Child Care Center is not just a place where parents take their kids while they are at work. We provide a safe environment to nurture the potential of every child through creative learning and teaching techniques lead by caring nurturing teachers and support staff. New enrollments will receive ½ off the first week of care.

Preschool Registration
Preschool education builds knowledge, character development, guidance and encouragement while helping youth realize and develop their full potential. Register for the longest running preschool program in Portage. Portage Township YMCA preschool registration began on March 1, 2012 for the public. Open registration is available with a $25 non-refundable registration fee to hold your spot. So stop by the Y and see what we have to offer.

Running Club
Run, Train and make new friends. Wednesday’s 6-7 pm and Thursday’s 6-7 am. Amateur runners meet in the lobby of the YMCA and dress for the weather. All 1 hour runs will be outside unless it is lightening. Participants will be running 3-5 miles with calisthenics and stretching. Must be 14 and up to participate.

Swim Lessons
Get ready to swim! At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill for every child and teen. In swim lessons, we use a variety of fun methods to help kids overcome fears, build confidence in the water and develop skills that last a lifetime. Qualified instructors meet kids at their own level, help families set achievable goals and celebrate all successes. By educating and partnering with parents, we’re determined to prevent drowning in our community. The pool will be closed for the month of Aug. Registration for Sept. swim lessons will begin on Aug. 21.

Mondays and Wednesdays starting September 10, 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm. Ages 6-14. Monthly fees: Primary Plus free, Primary $30, non-member $60

Jump off the beam, flip off the bars, follow your dreams, and reach for the stars. As part of the Y’s focus on Youth Development the Y offers gymnastic for ages 2 through their spectacular “Sparklers” gymnastics team. Gain confidence, strength, and balance and learn the importance of teamwork with Y gymnastics. Stop in for details or go to

Before and After School - Y-Care
The Y offers before and after school care (Y-Care) for children in grades 1 thru 8 enrolled in one of the six Portage Township Elementary Schools that are located in Portage. The program provides guided, structured and educational activities in a safe and secure, fun environment with low child to staff ratio. Children can be dropped off before school as early as 6:30 a.m. and picked up after school as late as 6:00 p.m. Y-Care is held at Aylesworth (serving Aylesworth, Willowcreek, Central, Myers and Fegely) and Jones (serving Jones, Crisman and Kyle). Program fees vary according to hours of usage. Financial assistance is available to those in need, to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. The Portage Township YMCA also accepts CCDF vouchers.

September Membership Special
In the month of Sept. the Y will be offering PAY THE DAY JOINER FEE! So on Sept. 1 the joiner fee will be $1 on Sept. 2 the joiner fee will be $2 on Sept. 17 the joiner fee is $17. We are also excited to announce that new members will be offered highly reduced medical screening prices provided by St. Mary Medical Center. These screenings range from lipid profiles to thyroid screens.

St. Mary Medical Center
Aug 23rd from 8-4pm Vascular Screenings at the St Mary Medical Center Outpatient Facility Center
Sept. 4 from 9-10am Bone Density screen-Portage Township YMCA
Sept 24th from 7-9am PSA and Lipid Profile screenings available at the Portage YMCA
Sept 26th from 5-6pm Louise Thompson, Alzheimer’s Association, will be speaking about the disease.
Sept 27th from 8:30-11am Dr. Wilks, M.D. Urology will be reviewing PSA results and performing prostate exams at the Portage Township YMCA Please call 764-7217 for information and appointments for screenings

Give me a Y…..M…...C…..A– Oct. 17 thru Dec. 15 This beginner class will be held for ages 4-12. Practice will be held on Wednesday’s from 5:30-6:30pm. Girls will cheer at Saturday Y-Ball Basketball games. Primary Plus, $31.50 Primary $45, others $90 for a 8 week session.

Outdoor Soccer
Held at Real Life Community Church September 3rd through October 13th. Age Groups: 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-10 Registration deadline is August 25th. After August 25th, there is a $10 late fee and special requests (certain practice days/times/coaches) are less likely to be accommodated. Costs: $28, $40, $80

Doubles Racquetball League
Check out our new racquetball floors!! League begins September 10 and runs thru November. Cost is $25 per person for Portage Y Members, $35 per person for Other Y members, $50 per person for non-Y members.

Y-Ball (youth basketball)
Held at the YMCA- October 22nd thru December 1 Ages 3-4, (5’ hoop) 4-5 (6’ hoop), 6-7 (8’ hoop) Costs: $28 Primary Plus, $40, Primary, $80 Non-Member Ages 8-13 years will play from October 22-December 15 Costs: $31.50 Primary Plus, $45 Primary and , $90 Non Members Please register early to avoid late charges