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Now you have an opportunity to enroll your child in a recreational enrichment program before and after school. The 1st Choice program will enrich a child’s free time and provide opportunities to socialize with friends and build a healthy spirit, mind, and body. Some of the program goals are to:

• Help children to develop a strong character and healthy self-esteem.

• Help children to improve their literacy skills and to read for pleasure.

• Offer developmentally appropriate activities that help children develop physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially.

• Provide space, equipment, and staff that aid in children’s development.

• Involve children in some aspect of planning their own activities.

Financial assistance is available based upon income.  We also take the Hoosier Works Card.  Applications for the Hoosier Works Card are available at the Lake County Child Care Development Fund located in Merrillville.  Call the YMCA office for more information about the application process.



1st Choice creates a safe, secure, stimulating and supervised environment for children before school as early as 6:00 AM and after school until 6:00 PM.  Before school is held at the Y.  Children will be delivered by bus to their appropriate schools safe and on time!

The Hobart Family YMCA’s 1st Choice program serves the School City of Hobart Schools, all private schools in Hobart and the River Forest Community School District.

Elementary children grades (K-6th) have the opportunity to socialize and experience a variety of activities.  Some of these activities include organized games, gym time, outdoors and indoors play, homework time, dramatic play, literacy enrichment, arts and music.



The YMCA also provides school-age child care on school half days and vacation days at the YMCA unless the YMCA building is closed due to a holiday.  Children should bring swimsuit, towel, gym shoes and a lunch when the program is at the YMCA.



In this day and age, when the need for strong character is clear, the YMCA takes character development seriously by incorporating the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility into play, learning, and social activities.  Through consistent teaching, modeling, reinforcement, practice and celebrating children’s successes, staff help children demonstrate and accept positive values.  Homework time is offered every school day the program meets.  The Y staff provide a time and a place and support in helping children complete homework.  Literacy is one way the YMCA can help support a child’s success in school without extending the school day with academic activities.  Literacy includes reading, writing, speaking, gathering information, using information, thinking critically, understanding others, and expressing oneself.  Drama, music, art, crafts, poetry, etc. are just a few of the many activities that are included in Y Arts.  Self-expression and a greater sense of imagination and creativity are some of the benefits children experience in Y arts.  Building strong bodies is an important component in the 1st Choice program.  Children participate in health, wellness, and physical activities. 1st Choice is a place where children feel safe, understood, respected and secure. Y staff help educate children in understanding natural and logical consequences and encourages them to accept responsibility for their behaviors.  Staff guides children in social competence and conflict resolution activities which gives children strategies for dealing with conflict when it comes their way, and helps them develop socially acceptable ways of interacting with one another.



Specific activities take place in one or several contexts, each of which is balanced throughout the day or week.

  • Free Choice—The child has the option of choosing from among several activities, some relatively unstructured and some that are staff-designed learning centers.
  • Small Group and Individual Activities—The activities planned and offered can be done either in small groups or alone.  They may be initiated by the staff or initiated by the children themselves.
  • Project Time—Time is set aside for children to begin or return to a long-term project.
  • Large Group—Huddle-time is a large group activity that encourages children to communicate with staff about the experiences of the day and some of the activities they would like to participate or see offered at 1st Choice.  Staff may plan an active game such as soccer or reading a book.
  • Indoors and Outdoors—A variety of activities are planned and offered to be done both indoors and outdoors.
  • Snack—A nutritious snack is served each day.



601 W. 40th Place

Hobart, IN 46342

(P) 219-942-2183

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday: 5:00am - 9:00pm

Friday: 5:00am - 7:00pm

Saturday: 7:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday:  7:00am - 11:00am

Child Watch

Monday - Saturday: 9:00am-12:00pm

(Ages 6 Months - 12 Years Old)

Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm-8:00pm

(Ages 2 Years Old - 12 Years Old)

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The YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click here for our financial assistance application

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