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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Walk to End Homelessness


When: Saturday, May 20, 2023 • Registration 8:30AM • Walk: 9:30AM

What: 4 Mile Walk • Rain or Shine

Where: Captains Cove Seaport, 1 Bostwick Avenue, Bridgeport CT

Join us! Invite your family and friends, too. Walk with us from Captain’s Cove through the beautiful views of St Mary’s by the Sea for a 4-mile walk – rain or shine. We promise to provide an inspirational and motivating morning to help raise awareness and donations so that everyone in the community can help end homelessness.

To Register:

  • Register on-line! Click Here
  • Register at the Walk. Registration will be available starting at 8:30am at the Walk.

Please donate! With your help, we hope to raise $86,000 at our event. Please consider an on-line donation.

Interested in being a Sponsor! Learn more here: Walk Sponsor Opportunities 2023. As a leader in our community, we know you understand the power of change and that your business is a driving force behind it. We invite you to join us as a 2023 Sponsor of the Alpha Community Services YMCA Walk to End Homelessness. Submit your sponsorship on-line: Click Here

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In Partnership With The Puerto Rican Parade Of Fairfield County Inc.

Are you looking for a job that will change your life? If you’re 15-23 years old and looking for a great part time job or a challenging career, that’s in demand, the YMCA is one of the best places to start. Students gain the opportunity to explore exciting career fields that let them work as part of a team. You’ll discover new ways to connect with your community, find your purpose and fuel your passion every day! You could even save a life! Learning is fun and easy! Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you’ll learn—

  • Rescue skills for use in the water and on land.
  • First aid and professional rescuer CPR/AED training to help you prepare for an emergency.
  • Professional lifeguard responsibilities.
  • Surveillance skills to help you recognize and prevent injuries.
  • Customer service skills.
  • Swim Instruction along with basic swim skills.

WHEN: March 21– June 27, 2023

TIME: Tuesdays 3:15pm – 4:00pm

WHERE: Bridgeport YMCA, 850 Park Avenue

For more information, please call Justine Dupree at 203 334 5551 or via email at and at


Sip & Paint with family & friends

Bring out all of your family and friends to Sip on some sparkling cider and enjoy quality time with the people we love, as we Paint a Spring themed landscape that is sure to be fun for all ages. Divine Creations will be our instructor of honor for this amazing, family-friendly, and fun daytime event.

WHEN: Saturday, April 1

TIME: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

AGES: All Ages Welcome

FEE: $15 Admission (includes Canvas and Sparkling Cider)

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

Regsiter by email to secure your spot, send to


Summer Day Program

At the Ralphola Taylor Community Center

Our summer schedule is set to include programming to help families keep your children engaged, active & safe during the daytime hours. We provide a balanced schedule of learning, as well as, indoor and outdoor fun including: Arts & Crafts, Movies, Indoor and Outdoor Sports, Swimming, Board Games, Dance, Music, Art, Computers, Reading/Literacy, S.T.E.M., Xbox Gaming, Breakfast and Lunch are included. Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide transportation. Field trip fees are additional.

AGES: Ages  5  – 12

WHEN: June 19 – August 11

TIME: Monday – Friday 8:45 am – 5:15 pm

FEES: $30 one time, registration fee. $60 weekly program fee

TO REGISTER: Email the following information to: Child: Full Name, dob, shirt size and Parent: Full Name, Phone & Email

Healthy Kids Day, April 29, 2023 10am-1pm


The Bridgeport Y and the Alpha Community Services Y are hosting their annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 29 10am-1pm. This free, open to the public, annual event features a variety of family-friendly activities to encourage healthy kids, healthy families and a healthy start to the summer season Come and celebrate with us! We’ll have special demonstrations by:

  • Pure Martial Arts Fitness Academy
  • Interactive Gaming
  • Music and Dancing Competitions
  • STEM Table & Relay Races

WHEN: April 29

TIME: 10am-1pm

WHERE: Bridgeport YMCA, 850 Park Avenue, Bridgeport CT

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

DEEP Swim Lessons

The Bridgeport YMCA received a very generous grant from Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to offer swim lessons to children in Bridgeport. Our goal is to help approximately 174 children over the course of 6 months. (December 2022 to June 2023)

Children must be referred to us by either school personnel or other agencies. Our goal is to offer free swim lessons to children who may not have the means to enroll in swim lessons, or perhaps have never been encouraged to learn how to swim.  All swimming abilities are eligible, so whether we are working with a first-time swimmer, or building on skills already learned, all are welcome.


  • Bridgeport, CT resident
  • Age 17, or under
  • Either eligible for SNAP benefits (demonstrated by letter of eligibility)
  • Living in a QCT (determined by address or registration and verified on HUD website)
  • Recommended to the program by a State Agency or Pupil Service on behalf of a Board of Education

Please contact with questions.

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

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!


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

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

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 2023 ELC Brochure

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

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.