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.
We offer a breadth of activities for campers ranging from 3-15 years old. No one sits still at Camp Mountain Laurel! But if your child wants something more focused – try our Lego Camp or one of our many Specialty Camps! Join us for THE BEST SUMMER EVER!
We will offer two separate weeks of Lego Camp at Camp Mountain Laurel. The first week of Lego Camp, June 19-23, campers will explore the world of Remote Control Mania. During the second week of Lego Camp, August 7-11, the campers will discover Bat League: Heroes and Villians. Lego camp will take place each morning and campers will then participate in traditional camp activities in the afternoon. We anticipate that these two weeks of camp will reach capacity quickly, please plan accordingly.
Time: 9 am – 4 pm. Extended hours available!
Where: Camp Mountain Laurel, Downes Road in Hamden
Register now! Pick-up or download the registration packet from the Camp Section of our website.
For additional information on all YMCA Summer Camp Programs, contact the Hamden/North Haven Y at 203 248 6361 or the New Haven YMCA Youth Center at 203-776-9622.
Do you remember your best summer ever? Was your best summer a combination of exploration, activity, education, friends and fun?
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.
For families looking to keep their children’s minds and bodies active, the Y can give them an adventurous, active and healthy summer.
YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel provides fun and unique experiences that give children and teens the opportunity to explore, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime. The Best Summer Ever!
To register, please print and fill out the Day Camp Registration Packet – calculate the deposit, write your check or let us know to use a credit card on file and mail or drop off your forms at the Y – it’s that easy!
If you and your child are interested in our Counselor In Training Program, please follow the directions in our CCC YMCA CIT Application/References document.
If you have questions, join us for one of our Open House events shared in our Brochure, call the Y P 203 248 6361 or contact Aishah Brice, Erin Kelly or Katie Forsyth. Get ready for your kids to have The Best Summer Ever!
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!
All the forms and information you’ll need is right here. Click on any item from the listing below to get started!
Care 4 Kids Forms:
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/
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. http://ctcare4kids.com/
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.