Child Care

… for Children of All Abilities

State licensed and inclusive, Child Care at TradeWinds promotes early childhood development and school readiness for infants, toddlers, 2-year-olds and preschoolers ages 3-6.New Preschool Room Now Open! Call 219.945.0100 to schedule an introductory tour.

Welcoming children of all abilities with an emphasis on those who have developmental, behavioral, physical and/or healthcare needs, TradeWinds believes all children have the right to learn and play with their peers. The embrace of children of all abilities sets TradeWinds apart from other local childcare centers.

For parents, guardians and other caregivers faced with the difficult choice of working or staying home to care for a child with special needs, TradeWinds provides a safe, healthy and appropriate environment with individualized plans and specialized supports. TradeWinds also serves low-income families in Lake County as a Geminus Head Start/Early Head Start partner.

Under the guidance of a dedicated curriculum coordinator with support from a full-time nurse and the licensed speech and occupational therapists at TradeWinds, each child enrolled receives a comprehensive initial screening to create his or her individualized plan with routine assessments to track progress on key developmental milestones and identify specific goals or opportunities for success along the way.

Overall, during fiscal year 2015, child portfolios and responding parents indicate:

  • 100% of children enrolled achieved one or more of their individualized goals.
  • 100% of pre-school children increased their Kindergarten-readiness skills.
  • 100% of children transitioning from preschool to Kindergarten achieved honor roll status.
  • 94% of parents would recommend TradeWinds based on experience.

In addition to offering parent support services with topic-specific materials and community-based referrals, TradeWinds is the host-site for a new Early Head Start Parent Board, with 50 percent of parents already providing input, increasing volunteer hours and fundraising for specific activities. This group meets monthly in the TradeWinds boardroom and welcomes all stakeholders.