Child Care


The Best Summer Ever!

Summer Day Camp

Summer is an ideal time for children to get out and explore.  A chance to enjoy recreational and educational activities that help them learn, grow and thrive. Do you remember your best summer ever? Was your best summer a combination of exploration, activity, education, friends and fun? For families looking to keep their children’s minds and bodies active, the Y can  give them an adventurous, active and healthy summer.

Camp Mountain Laurel is located on 2705 Downes Road in Hamden. Twenty acres of wooded space with an open shelter, outdoor swimming pool, archery station, gaga pit, ropes course and climbing wall. Dirt paths lead you easily to our Main Building where we have arts & crafts, a summer library for reading, bathrooms, changing rooms and the first aid office.  In the morning you can hear the birds chirping and children laughing throughout the camp as the sun begins to peak through the leaves – and you’ll see the tallest trees ever amongst our new larger than life backyard game stations.  Come explore nature’s outdoor classroom with us.

We offer a breadth of activities for campers ranging from 3-15 years old.  No one sits still at Camp Mountain Laurel! A standard week at camp includes swim lessons followed by recreational swim, archery, weekly STEM activities, hiking, a game of foursquare, soccer or flag football; arts & crafts; quiet reading time, with a little down time to just hanging out with friends. If your child wants something more focused – try one of our Specialty or Swim Camps!  Join us for THE BEST SUMMER EVER!

To learn more about Summer Camp please review our Summer Camp Brochure or call the Y.

Registration will begin on February 1, 2018. To register, please fill out the documents and bring them to the Y!  2018 Day Camp Registration Packet  If your child will require special assistance or medicine while at camp, these forms may also be required: Individual Care Plan_Medicine Authorization

For day-to-day program details, please review our Day Camp Parent Handbook

If your child is 14-15 years of age, they may be interested in our Counselor in Training program. In our CIT program, they will receive valuable job interviewing skills, child care training, leadership experience, teambuilding and problem solving skills.  To apply please fill out the application and contact the Y for an interview.  CCC YMCA CIT Application_References 2018

The Best Summer Ever!


No School, No Problem

Y Vacation Club

Even though school is closed, the Hamden/North Haven YMCA is here for your child care needs. Each day we will travel to a fun destination listed below.  So drop your child off with our experienced staff for a fun-filled day of nature, games, activities, arts & crafts, swimming, and more!  Please bring a nut-free lunch or money for our lunch stop, a bathing suit, and a towel. Space is limited, preregistration is required. 7:30 am – 6:00 pm.

  • Friday, December 22 (Movies)
  • Tuesday, December 26 (Bounce U)
  • Wednesday, December 27 (Bronx Zoo)
  • Thursday, December 28 (Peabody Museum)
  • Friday, December 29 (Movies)

Fees: Limited Space! Members $52 /Community $80


School Age Child Care

Every school day the Hamden/North Haven Y provides a safe, healthy and enriching environment for the children of Hamden and North Haven in our state-licensed child care programs.  While children are in the care of our trained and certified staff at their elementary schools, you have peace of mind at work knowing that your child is engaged in activities that will enhance youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Hamden School Age Child Care sites:

  • Bear Path Elementary
  • Church Street Elementary
  • Dunbar Hill Elementary
  • Helen Street Elementary
  • Shepherd Glenn Elementary (serving Ridge Hill School with before school care and serving Wintergreen Magnet)
  • Spring Glen Elementary
  • West Woods Elementary

North Haven School Age Child Care sites:

  • Clintonville Elementary (also serving Montowese School)
  • Green Acres School (also serving Ridge Road School)

For more information or to register your child for the school year, please contact Erin Kelly at 203-248-6361 or ekelly@cccymca.org.

CCCY 2017-18 SACC Registration Packet  CCC Y SACC Parent Handbook 2017-2018

Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. This program is sponsored by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services (also called DSS).  To learn more about Care 4 Kids, take a look at this website. You can look at the site to find out how the program works, who is eligible, and more. http://ctcare4kids.com/


YMCA Fun Club

If Hamden public schools are closed, children enrolled in Before and After School programs may attend our full day Y Fun Club Program.  Fees are paid in advance only.  Parents provide transportation to the Y.  Children need to bring a lunch, snacks, and a drink.  If conditions warrant an early closing, we will notify parents and information will be provided to WELI Storm Center 960 AM.

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

When:  When Hamden Public School are closed for the ENTIRE DAY due to weather or another unplanned event.

Cost 2 day packages:  Member:  $60 / Community Member $70


Child Watch

Ages: 3 months – 10 years

A safe and fun YMCA staff supervised area where parents with a Family Membership can leave their children to play and enjoy activities while they participate in programs on-site.

Days & Times:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monday 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tuesday – Thursday 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm

Saturday 8:45 am – 11:30 am


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