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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Happy 179th Birthday, YMCA!

Celebrate 179 Years of Strengthening Communities

Founders Day Sing Along

Choose a time and place that works best for you and your family! Invite your friends and neighbors to join, too. Everyone knows the words to “Happy Birthday”!

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

9:30am-11:30am Join the Soundview Family YMCA at Foote Memorial Park for a walk, geocaching and a meditation. Foote Park on Melrose Place, Branford. Celebratory cupcakes will be provided!

11:00am Visit the Valley Y Childcare Center to sing and enjoy cupcakes

11:30am At the Woodruff Family Y, the Water Fit Class will sing with the Y staff and others who join the fun

Many of our Preschool and School Age Child Care sites will also be participating. If you’d like to participate in the celebration, please ask your Child Care Director! We’ll be singing one of our favorite songs and would love for you to join.

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

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



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.

TIME: Tuesdays 3:15pm – 4:00pm until June 27, 2023

WHERE: Bridgeport YMCA, 850 Park Avenue

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

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

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

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!

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 and Bridgeport Y 2023 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.