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
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
When: Tues/Thurs/Friday 2-4pm
Enjoy the New Haven YMCA Youth Center swimming pool during open swim. Pool usage guidelines apply.
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.