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The New Haven YMCA Youth Center provides child care, recreation and learning opportunities for youth from age 1 to 23. We offer a full day toddler program for 1 and 2 year olds, a 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.

Learn more about the New Haven YMCA Youth Center and how to participate.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 7:30 am–6:00 pm

Address & Phone:

50 Howe Street
New Haven, CT 06511
P 203 776 9622
F 203 787 0804
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TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

YMCA Day of Service – Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, the New Haven YMCA Youth Center is offering a volunteer opportunity at the New Haven YMCA Youth Center on April 24, 3:30pm-4:30pm.

Join us as we create and distribute posters and booklets to support Reduce, Reuse, Recycle within our community.

Together we can make a difference.


Spring Program Guide

Explore beyond your exercise routine. Uncover opportunities to engage with fresh faces, explore new interests, build new skills and a deeper sense of fulfillment. Explore our Spring Program Guide. Enroll in a new program or class; learn to swim; sign your child up for summer camp or school age child care; or just try something different!

Spring Program Session: April 22-June 16, 2024

Member Registration Starts: April 1, 2024

Program Participant Registration Starts: April 8, 2024


Healthy Kids Day, April 20, 2024 10am-1pm

Find Your Fun, Find Your Y At Healthy Kids Day!

The New Haven YMCA Youth Center is hosting their annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 20 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 activities and special demonstrations.

Bring your family and friends. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy games and activities.

WHEN: April 20

TIME: 10am-1pm

WHERE: Goffe Street Park, 255 Goffe Street, New Haven

At our event, we are collecting Child-Friendly Hygiene Products such as children’s shampoo/conditioner, diapers/wipes/creams, baby soap/lotions, child toothbrushes/paste, child safe sunscreen, band-aids, and more for those in local shelters.


Summer Day Camp

WELCOME TO SUMMER DAY CAMP!

The YMCA believes all kids have great potential and deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. At YMCA day camp kids and teens can develop skills, self-confidence, new friendships and a sense of belonging – all while having tons of fun.

In order to have fun and thrive, kids of all ages need to feel both physically and emotionally safe. When you drop your child off at a camp, you can rest assured that their total well-being will be supported. Safety is always our number one priority! We keep kids healthy and safe while providing enriching experiences. As a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 130 years. Our experienced and caring staff and volunteers model the positive core Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility that help build character.

Learn More: 2024 Day Camp Brochure with the 2024 Day Camp Parent Handbook and 2024 Camp Mountain Laurel FAQs

Registration Forms: 2024 Camp Mountain Laurel Registration Packet – Fillable

If your child will require special assistance or medicine while at camp, these forms may also be required: Individual Care Plan_Medicine Authorization

Financial assistance is available for families who need it to ensure that all kids in our community can have enriching summer experiences. These forms are required to apply: Financial Assistance Forms

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, team building, and problem-solving skills. To apply please fill out the application and contact the Y for an interview. CIT Application Form

Our camp programs fill up fast, so make plans to reserve your spot. 


Be a Part of Something Bigger

New Haven YMCA Youth Center 3v3 Tournament

The YMCA welcomes all basketball enthusiasts 18 years of age and older to participate in our YMCA 3v3 Basketball Tournament! All proceeds will benefit our older youth Walk-in Basketball program. Events like this allow the Y to continue to operate the walk-in program at no cost to its participants, limiting the barriers to New Haven youth by providing access to a safe space to play and socialize with their peers.

We ask that all teams have a minimum of 3 players and come together prepared to play at your scheduled time.

Registration is first come first serve and space is limited!
Registration Deadline: April 10, 2024

WHEN: April 14, 2024

TIME: 11:00am-3:00pm

FEE: $35 per person

WHERE: New Haven YMCA Youth Center: 50 Howe Street New Haven, CT 06511

CONTACT: Aishah Brice: abrice@cccymca.org or (203) 776-9622 ext:2122, Robert Hudson: rhudson@cccymca.org


Eat Smart Be Active Together

Nutrition Education Program

Join us for the beginning of our Family Nutrition Education Program. The program will be a monthly series running through May 2024.

The Eating Mart-Being Active Workshop curriculum will center around hands-on activities to reinforce learning and apply new skills, including food preparation, food tasting, and physical activity. This program is open to all families, free of charge.

WHEN: March 18, April 19, May 16

TIME: 3:00-4:00pm

HOW TO REGISTER: Register at the front desk at the New Haven YMCA Youth Center or by emailing Aishah abrice@cccymca.org


After School Child Care

FIND YOUR HOMEWORK HELPER

The Y is here to meet your school age child care needs! Our program combines academics with play, and offers a caring and safe environment where kids can achieve, feel a sense of belonging, build friendships and explore new interests. Once homework is complete and snacks finished, Y staff will lead the participants in various enrichment activities including STEAM, kids fitness and fine arts.

We help kids reach their potential and thrive in a safe, trustworthy setting. We offer a curriculum that aligns with the school day and supports growth in literacy, science, math, science, engineering, arts and technology (STEAM) while infusing the arts, physical activity, and fun. We teach kids confidence, encourage self-expression and enrich social development. Providing our youth with the support, encouragement and positive role models that they need, will not only increase their ability to succeed in school but in life. For families, we offer peace of mind knowing that your child is in a safe and educational program building new relationships and achieving more.

As a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development. The Central Connecticut Coast YMCA continues to give youth an enriching and safe experience. Our experienced and caring staff and volunteers model the positive core Y values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility that help build character. Our core values are woven throughout our child care program to create a warm, nurturing, home away from home. Your child’s growth, development, and education are important to us, as we do our best to ensure their future is bright.

Everyone belongs at the Y. To ensure that all youth have the chance to participate, the Y offers financial assistance to those in need. Please talk with us to learn more. If you’d like to help send a child to child care, you can donate easily on our web site or at our Y. We also participate in the State of CT Care4Kids program.

2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR REGISTRATION

Please review our NHYYC 2023 2024 SACC Brochure and NHYYC 2023 2024 SACC Parent Handbook. To register, please fill out our 2023_2024 CCCY SACC Registration Packet and if necessary and Individual Care Plan_Medicine Authorization form. Financial aid may be available, to apply please fill out the CCCY Financial Assistance Application_C4K Forms.

2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR REGISTRATION 

Please review our NHYYC 2024 2025 SACC Brochure and NHYYC 2024 2025 SACC Parent Handbook. To register, please fill out our 2024_2025 CCCY SACC Registration Packet and if necessary and Individual Care Plan_Medicine Authorization form. Financial aid may be available, to apply please fill out the CCCY Financial Assistance Application_C4K Forms.


Your Child Care Solution

Early Learning Toddler and Preschool Programs

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 an OEC licensed toddler program for 1-2 year-olds, a  School-Readiness program and a NAEYC accredited Preschool program for 3-5 year-olds. All programs are full day and year round.

We are proud to be helping youngsters gain self-confidence and social skills while developing positive attitudes about school and learning! Please take a look at our brochure: NHYYC 2024-25 ELC Brochure

All the forms and information you’ll need is right here. Click on any item from the listing below to get started!

Toddler and Preschool Forms:

2024-25-CCC-YMCA-Early-Learning-Child-Care-Registration-Packet-Fillable

NHYYC 2024-25 ELC Parent Handbook

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).


Take What You Need, Give What You Can

Dwight Community Fridge

Together, we’re dedicated to strengthening the community by giving back and supporting our neighbors.  The Dwight Community Fridge is located at the New Haven YMCA Youth Center, located at 50 Howe Street in New Haven.  It is designed as a “take what you need, leave what you can” program.  The community fridge project happily accepts donations of prepackaged, prepared meals, fresh produce, dairy, non-perishables, snacks, and more.  It is available to the community daily based on the schedule below.

Community fridges act as a grassroots response to the food insecurity crisis. They are especially critical in neighborhoods where traditional forms of food assistance are difficult to access. For instance, individuals without cars are often unable to reach food bank locations.  The goal is to reduce food insecurity by providing free, direct access to nutritious food made possible through community partnerships, local food stores and restaurants, along with Yale University students and farms.  On any given day, the fridge is full with items including fresh produce, prepared meals, bottles of water, milk, frozen foods, bakery items, eggs, bread, grab and go snacks, cereal and more! Food is provided by community members, restaurants, local chefs, urban farmers, grocers and food pantries.

When: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-8:00pm / Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am-7:00pm

Where: New Haven YMCA Youth Center, 50 Howe Street, New Haven

How: Donation of items can be made Monday- Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm at the New Haven YMCA Youth Center


Fun With Friends

Walk-In Program

What are your kids doing after school? At the YMCA Walk-in Program kids build self-esteem, values, and leadership skills. Our Walk-in Program provides a safe environment where teens age 13-21 years old can focus on developing confidence and character with trained professionals guiding them. Participants will be able to take part in open gym basketball, open swim, and have access to computers for homework support on scheduled days. Interested participants will also have the option to participate in Y Aquatic Leaders.

OPEN GYM

WHEN: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

TIME: 4:15pm-7:15pm

OPEN SWIM

WHEN: Fridays

TIME: 5:15pm-6:00pm

*Applications for the Walk-in Program can be found at the New Haven YMCA Youth Center located at 52 Howe Street New Haven, CT 06511.


Arts & Crafts

An instructed creative art class focusing on exploration and self discovery. Our arts & crafts guru will lead this seasonally themed craft class.

WHEN: Saturdays: 10:30am-11:15am

WHERE: New Haven YMCA Youth Center

FEE: Member: $50/Program Participant: $100


Kids Zumba

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Kids Zumba is the way to go! Kids Zumba is movement through dance combined with Spanish language.

WHEN: Wednesdays: 5:00pm-5:45pm

WHERE: New Haven YMCA Youth Center

FEE: Member: $0 Program Participant: $100


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!


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