Bridgeport Y

 

 

In Bridgeport, the YMCA has provided programming since 1884 and youth services since 1929. We offer the greater Bridgeport community access to affordable child care, youth and teen programs, summer camp, youth swim lessons and safety around water programming. Learn more about the Bridgeport YMCA and how you can become a youth member.

 

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 7:30 am-5:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Address & Phone:

850 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
P 203 334 5551
F 203 334 2847
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Summer Day Camp

SUMMER is a time for kids to be kids!

Y Day Camp is the place to make every precious summer day a great one! Because the YMCA believes all kids have great potential and deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.

The Bridgeport YMCA Summer Day Camp provides kids with a safe, healthy, familiar, and fun-filled environment for them to explore, build confidence, develop skills, make lasting friendships and memories so they can grow as individuals and leaders. For families, day camp offers a peace of mind knowing that your child is in a safe and enriching place.

Learn more: Bridgeport Y 2023 Day Camp Brochure and Bridgeport Y Day Camp Parent Handbook

To register, please fill out the Bridgeport Y 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.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please fill submit this application: 2023 Summer CCCY Financial Assistance Application Materials


Building Strong & Confident Swimmers

Swimmer-silhouetteIntro to Swim team at the Bridgeport YMCA

Whether it is gaining the confidence that comes from learning how to swim or building positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork from being part of a swim team, swimming at the Y is about building the whole child from the inside out. We are holding tryouts for Intro to Swim Team at the Bridgeport YMCA!

Intro to Swim has been established for swimmers who have advanced through the stages of the YMCA swim lesson program and want to continue their swim education and training. Participants are ages 8 years or older, swimmers must have knowledge of rotary breathing, four major strokes and swim at least 50 yards (2 laps) freestyle independently at a moderate pace. Students will enhance stroke technique, build upon familiarity of 4 major competitive strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke & freestyle, drills, turns, dives, etc.

WHEN: Practice is held Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30-7:30pm & Saturdays at 9:15am-10:00am-

Swimmers must have water bottle, cap and goggles, and be on time for practice!

If you are interested in coming in for a swim evaluation, please speak to Justine Dupree, Aquatic Director jdupree@cccymca.org


Refer Your Friends to Join the Y!

When a friend you’ve referred joins the Y, we’ll thank you by giving you a FREE membership month.

There’s no limit to how many friends you refer and there’s no limit to how many FREE months you can receive.

Being with friends is always more fun for you and your family.

Take advantage of sharing the Y with your friends today!


POTTING AND GARDENING AT THE Y

Gardening Club

Apart from just being a way to occupy time, tending to plants is a great way to bring purpose, fulfillment, and joy to our lives. Learn, grow and share with like-minded peers with the common goal to build and maintain our very own, on-site Community Garden.

WHEN: January 10 – February 21

TIMES: Tuesdays – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

AGES: Ages 6 – 18

FEES: $10 (one-time fee)

WHERE: Ralphola Taylor Community Center 790 Central Ave. Bridgeport, CT. 06607

HOW TO REGISTER: Email the following information (Child: First & Last Name, age, school
and Parent: First & Last Name, Phone). Email information to: ivann@cccymca.org


Good Food Changes the Mood

The International Cuisine Culinary Group

This group studies the various types of cuisine of the world, as students are exposed to history, cultural influences, and common recipes. Students will learn and demonstrate culinary art skills used within various geographic regions around the world. We will explore the traditions, customs, techniques, and major ingredients in specific cuisines. Join Our Certified Chef and taste what you’ve been missing!

WHEN: January 11 – February 22

TIMES: Tuesdays – 5:30pm – 7:30pm

AGES: Ages 11 – 18

FEES: $10 (one-time fee)

WHERE: Ralphola Taylor Community Center 790 Central Ave. Bridgeport.

HOW TO REGISTER: Email the following information (Child: First & Last Name, age, school
and Parent: First & Last Name, Phone). Email information to: ivann@cccymca.org


A Sweet Escape From the Ordinary

Youth Baking Club

Our Youth Baking Club is an open environment where youth share a love for baking with peers who are also passionate about baking and working on recipes. The best part is, we get to bring home our baked goods, if we don’t eat them all up during the club meeting. Measuring, mixing and kneading are a few actions in baking that will allow your child to enhance their motor functions, control, and strength. Come Bake with Us!

WHEN: January 9 – February 22

TIMES: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

GROUP 1: Mondays – Ages 10 – 18  GROUP 2: Wednesdays – Ages 6 – 9

FEES: $10 (one-time fee)

WHERE: Ralphola Taylor Community Center 790 Central Ave. Bridgeport

HOW TO REGISTER: Email the following information (Child: First & Last Name, age, school and Parent: First & Last Name, Phone. Email information to ivann@cccymca.org


Strategy Knowledge Conquer

Chess Club

How does a board game relate so closely to real life?

“Life is like a game of Chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with insight and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way. We become each and every piece within the game called life.” – Allan Rufus, Author.

Our Chess Club helps youth learn to be great at both, life and the board game!

DATES: January 9 – February 20

TIMES: Mondays – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

AGES: 7 – 18 years old

FEE: $20 (one time cost)

WHERE: Ralphola Taylor Community Center, 790 Central Ave Bridgeport CT 06607

HOW TO REGISTER: Email the following information to: ivann@cccymca.org- Child: First & Last Name, age, school and Parent: First & Last Name, Phone & Email


PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES AT THE Y

Dance Club: Introduction to SALSA

Salsa is the result of combining many Latin and Afro-Caribbean dances, a fusion of Cuban, Puerto Rican and African rhythms, that is one of the most popular Latin American dances. Our goal is to encourage youth to learn and have fun in a friendly atmosphere that embodies cultural awareness. Come learn to Dance Salsa with us.

WHEN: January 25 – February 22

TIMES: Wednesdays – 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
AGES: 9 – 17 years old
FEES: $10 (One time, registration fee)

WHERE: Ralphola Taylor Community Center: 790 Central Ave. Bridgeport, CT

HOW TO REGISTER: Email the following information – Child: First & Last Name, age, school and Parent: First & Last Name, Phone. Email information to ivann@cccymca.org


GIVING, RELIABLE, EQUITABLE, AWARE AND TRUSTWORTHY

The G.R.E.A.T Youth Movement

A group mentoring experience that is designed to engage the youth in helping to uplift their community. We work to enhance the character within our group members through team building, trainings, workshops, volunteer service and activities that promote personal growth, social development and leadership skills.

WHEN: January 11 – June 14
TIMES: Wednesdays – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
AGES: Ages 13 – 18
FEES: FREE (No Cost)
WHERE: Ralphola Taylor Community Center 790 Central Ave. Bridgeport, CT. 06607

TO REGISTER: Email the following information to: ivann@cccymca.org

Child: First & Last Name, age, school and Parent: First & Last Name, Phone & Email


GIVING, RELIABLE, EQUITABLE, AWARE AND TRUSTWORTHY

The G.R.E.A.T Youth Movement

A group mentoring experience that is designed to engage the youth in caring for and helping to uplift their community. We work to enhance the character within our group members through team building, trainings, workshops, volunteer service and activities that promote personal growth, social development and leadership skills.

WHEN: Mondays 7:00pm – 8:00pm
AGES: Ages 13 – 18
FEES: FREE

WHERE: Ralphola Taylor Community Center 790 Central Ave. Bridgeport, CT. 06607

HOW TO REGISTER: Email the following information (Child: First & Last Name, age, school and Parent: First & Last Name, Phone). Email information to ivann@cccymca.org


YMCA360 ON-DEMAND AND LIVE

At the YMCA we believe that when people experience all that our Y has to offer, they will be drawn into supportive, healthier relationships with one another and their community.

YMCA360 is an on-demand video platform for our Y community. YMCA360 offers 1000+ group exercise classes, youth sports training, well-being classes and more to serve you wherever you are. Whether you are at home or on the road, take the Y with you along with your favorite classes, instructors and more. Watch this brief introduction! 

These programs are free to all full-facility members of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCAs.

From your desktop, laptop, tablet, smart TV or mobile device, YMCA360 is available wherever you are with an internet connection. Instructions for access:

  • Please visit ymca360.org
  • Click the login button
  • Enter your email address, click continue
  • Enter your zip code, click continue
  • Click your YMCA
  • You will receive a 6 digit email code, via email
  • Enter this code, click continue
  • You will be let in!

Please reach out to the Y with questions or check our YMCA360 FAQs for CCCY Members. If you have a recommendation for a new program, please let us know.


Learn Together, Play Together

Bridgeport Y School Readiness Programs

Serving Bridgeport children ages 3 & 4 years

At the Bridgeport Y, kids try new things, build their confidence, make new friends and smile every day. Affordable tuition. Care 4 Kids accepted.

Openings Available. Enroll your child today!

YMCA Kolbe Education Center, 401 Kossuth Street, Bridgeport, CT 06608 203 332 6447

YMCA PALS V, 850 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 203 334 5551                 


Child Care, School Readiness and Preschool

AGES: 8 weeks – 5 years

Child care programs help youngsters gain self-confidence and social skills while developing positive attitudes about school and learning. Our programs are NAEYC accredited and allow parents to go to work with peace of mind knowing that their children are being cared for in a safe, structured and fun environment.  We are committed to providing a safe, loving environment for your child and aspire to meet his/her needs while promoting physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.

Our programs develop weekly curriculum with age-appropriate activities and indoor and outdoor learning experiences. Our program at the Kolbe Education Center participates in the CACFP Food Program to ensure that all children receive healthy meals and snacks throughout the day.

Check out our brochure for lots of details: Bridgeport YMCA-Kolbe 2022 ELC Brochure

2022-2023 Bridgeport YMCA Early Learning Center Registration Packet  CCCY 2021-22 ELC Parent Handbook

WHERE:
Kolbe Education Center, 401 Kossuth Street 203 332-6447 (Ages 8 weeks – 5 years)
Bridgeport YMCA, 850 Park Avenue – 203 334-5551 (Ages 3-5 years)

WHEN: Monday – Friday

TIME: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

FEE: Fees are based on a sliding fee scale. CCCY-Financial-Assistance-Application-Materials

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/


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