The New Haven YMCA Youth Center provides child care, recreation and learning opportunities for youth from age 3 to 23. We offer a full day NAEYC accredited preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds; an afterschool care program for children between 5-12; and for our older youth, we offer a walk-in program for recreation, open basketball and support.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 7:30am–6:00pm
Address & Phone:
50 Howe Street
Through the Safety Around Water program, parents and caregivers will be encouraged to help their children learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills. During the course, child will learn how to respond if they find themselves in unexpected water situations – – from how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge to safely reaching a pool’s edge or exiting any body of water.
For detailed program information, please contact our Aquatics Department or Member Service Team. Class times and locations vary by program and Y Branch.
The Y, nurtures the potential and unites communities to create lasting and meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the ways, we accomplish this is by teaching youth, teens and adults to swim and be safe around the water and learn the skills needed to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.
Take a look at our Program Guide to learn more about our aquatic programs. We also have new wellness classes, summer camp for the kiddos and many other classes, programs and activities for you and your families to enjoy!
Spring Program Session: April 23 – June 17, 2018
Registration begins Monday, April 2 for Members. Monday, April 9 for Community. Sign up for classes on our mobile app, on-line, by calling or visiting the Y.
Are the kids in your life already dreaming of summer? When kids are inspired, they can do anything. Let’s awaken their imagination so they can explore new activities and healthy habits. Join us!
This event is FREE and open to the public
At the Y, good habits become enjoyable routines and Y friends become…just friends. And in the meantime, communities become healthier and stronger. Here, families do more together. They support each other, build relationships and form communities. For more than a workout. For a better us.
Click here for our class and program offerings: Program Guide Winter II
Our Winter II Program Session runs February 26-April 22, 2018
Registration begins February 5. Register for programs and classes on-line, by calling the Y, or at the Branch.
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.
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
At the Y, good habits become enjoyable routines and workout friends become…just friends. And in the meantime, communities become healthier and stronger. Here, children learn what they can achieve, families spend more quality time together, and we all build relationships that deepen our sense of understanding. For more than a workout. For a better us.
Click here for our class and program offerings: Winter Program Guide
Our Winter 1 Program Session runs January 1 – February 25, 2018
Registration begins December 11, 2017. Now for Preschool and School Age Child Care
Register for programs and classes on-line, by calling the Y, or at the Branch.
When: Monday – Friday 2-4pm
Enjoy the New Haven YMCA Youth Center swimming pool during open swim. Pool usage guidelines apply.
Teaching children how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills parents can help their children learn. It not only saves lives, it builds confidence. Swim lessons promote a lifelong enjoyment of swimming, encourages healthy living and the prevention of chronic disease. Plus it’s fun! Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, the Y can help you improve your swimming ability. Contact the Y at 203 776 9622 for more information.
When: Tuesday/Thursday July 24 – August 18 (8 lessons)
Time: 4:30pm (Beginner), 5:00pm (Intermediate), 5:30pm (Advanced)
Even though New Haven schools are closed, the New Haven YMCA Youth Center is here for your child care needs offering our Y Vacation Club program. So drop your child off with our experienced staff for a fun-filled day of games, activities, arts & crafts, edible crafts and more! Parents/guardians are encouraged to sign up for this program early so we are able to get an accurate count of those interested. Please bring a nut-free lunch and wear active clothing. Preregistration is required, families with Care4Kids please speak with Aishah or Maria.
When: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fees: Member: $45.00 per child, per day / Community Members: $75.00 per child, per day
Contact: Sign up at the Front Desk . For more information contact Aishah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our child care programs allow parents to answer the inevitable questions: Where can my child be safe and learn what they need to know to be prepared for school, and for life? The New Haven YMCA Youth Center provides a full day NAEYC accredited Preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds all year. We are proud to be helping youngsters gain self-confidence and social skills while developing positive attitudes about school and learning!
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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).
Our Afterschool Child Care Program provides a safe environment where kids can focus on developing confidence and character with trained counselors who are enthusiastic about youth development. Our programs teach positive values for youth ages 5 to 12 years through role models, group activities and creative thought. Children enjoy supervised activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and music rather than the company of the TV set or the local street corner.
The Afterschool Program runs throughout the school year and follows the schedule of the New Haven Public Schools for holidays and closings.
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.