• What does HUB stand for?

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    Helping families with young children to navigate developmental milestones and to access community resources.  

    Understanding the needs of the community and Duneland families so that quality learning opportunities are available to prepare young Trojans to be lifelong learners.

    Building connections between families, community partners and educators.

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  • Who can access the Early Learning HUB?

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    Any family within Duneland School Corporation boundaries with children ages 0 to 5, or who are expecting, may access opportunities offered at the HUB.  All resources and activities will focus on this population. 

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  • What does the HUB offer?

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    Opportunities for caregivers and children, ages 0 to 5, to experience play and learning together. 

    A variety of classes, ranging from open play to more structured play and learning. 

    Developmentally appropriate activities that are rich in language, play and social-emotional skills.  Activities will engage children in social skills, play and creativity, problem solving and curiosity, movement and motor skills and self-help skills. 

    Socialization opportunities for children and caregivers.  

    Take home resources regarding local services and professionals, extra-curricular activities for children under 5, developmental milestones, behavior management tips and more. 

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  • Is the Early Learning HUB a preschool?

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    The HUB is not a preschool program.  Different classes are offered throughout the week, require caregiver presence and range from 30 minutes to an hour and a half.  

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  • Is this a drop off service for children?

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    This is not a child drop off program.  The HUB requires at least one caregiver to be present with their child/ren for the duration of the event.  Caregivers will be expected and encouraged to learn alongside their child.  The HUB offers opportunities that are meant to promote caregiver-child engagement.  

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  • Is there a fee?

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    There is no fee! The Early Learning HUB events and activities are offered through Duneland Schools at no cost to families.  The HUB does have a classroom supplies list; families able to contribute are appreciated.  Those participating in Trojan Tykes classes may also be provided with a supply donation list for special experiences and activities.   

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  • How is the HUB different from other current school and community programs?

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    The HUB is designed to supplement current programs, as well as to help caregivers navigate what is available for their young children prior to starting school.  The HUB will not only offer another option for young families, but will help caregivers connect to other valuable options and resources.

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  • How do I sign up?

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    Each participating family must complete the required HUB Enrollment form, found on the Events-Schedule/Enroll/Register page.  Enrollment allows you to register for specific events at the HUB. Look for event registration links on the Events and Learning Opportunities pages, as well as social media and the HUB Remind app. You may also contact the HUB via phone or email for assistance.    

    Cancellations and No Shows 
    Due to high demand and limited class sizes, registration and confirmation is necessary for planning experiences and use of space.  Waitlists may be started when classes fill.  Once registered, you will receive a confirmation from the sign up app, a reminder the day before from the sign up app, as well as a reminder from the HUB (via Remind).  If you are no longer able to attend, please let the HUB team know ASAP.  A pattern of cancellations or no shows will result in a conference with a member of the HUB team to determine how we can help improve your commitment to HUB events. 
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  • What if I have more than one child?

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    Each child, aged 0 to 5, should be included on enrollment. 

    When registering, indicate the number of children you will be bringing to the class.  

    Activities are modified and/or differentiated for various age ranges.  

    Bringing a second caregiver to help with multiple children is welcomed.  The HUB is also happy to help with siblings/multiple children.

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  • Can I volunteer at the HUB or donate?

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    Yes!  There are many ways to contribute to the HUB.  HUB families and community members that are interested in volunteering or donating time and/or items should contact 219-983-3600 ext 1036 or email tkitchel@duneland.k12.in.us or acurtis@duneland.k12.in.us for more information.

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  • Who is coordinating the HUB?

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    The Early Learning HUB team is supervised and guided by Christy Jarka, Director of Grants, Assessments and Special Programs, and advised by Mary Jane Eisenhauer, Executive Director of Porter County First Things First.  HUB events and activities are created and developed by Tonia Kitchel and Amy Curtis.  Tonia is a licensed school psychologist with a background in assessment/diagnostics and family-focused support.  Amy is a licensed teacher with experience in general ed, special ed and at-risk youth and a masters in educational policy and leadership.

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  • Where is the HUB?

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    The HUB is located at Chesterton Middle School in the Teaching and Learning Department.  Guests can enter through Door 9.  Guests may use the south parking lot (near the CMS pool and track). First time attendees must show ID upon check in. 

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  • How do I learn about HUB events?

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    Follow us on Facebook (Duneland Early Learning HUB page), Instagram (duneland_earlylearningHUB) and on our webpage (https://www.duneland.k12.in.us/earlylearninghub).

    Enrolled families will also be provided with updates and information via the class Remind app. 

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  • What are the procedures if my child is sick or exposed to communicable illnesses?

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    The HUB follows all Duneland School Corp health guidelines.  Families are referred to the health services link for more information- https://www.duneland.k12.in.us/Page/80.

    Materials, toys and play spaces are disinfected after each class to the best of our ability. We appreciate caregivers letting us know if there is a particular item that will require more extensive sanitizing.  

    The Early Learning HUB will follow the DSC COVID Response Plan located on the district's COVID-19 Info page.

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