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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.

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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Sleepaway Camp! Learn More!

YMCA Camp Hi-Rock is a sleep-away camp located in Western Massachusetts. We are nestled among 1,000 acres in the Berkshire Mountains, surrounded by conservation forest, and centered around our pristine, private, ninety-acre lake. This gives us the ideal backdrop for the wide variety of activities we offer, which include swimming, climbing, water skiing, archery, sailing and arts & crafts among many others. Through the values of the YMCA, Camp Hi-Rock is dedicated to the growth and development of all of the participants we serve. We seek to help each camper develop his or her sense of personal worth and responsibility as a cooperative member of a group. In addition, we want campers to discover, learn, cultivate new skills, develop healthy lifestyles, create meaningful relationships, and become more caring, honest, respectful and responsible people.

Join us for one of our VIRTUAL information sessions with our Camp Directors to ask questions and get more information about camp!

Tuesday, April 27 – 6-7 pm

Saturday, May 8 – 10:30-11:30 am

Monday, May 10 – 8-9 am

Wednesday, May 12 – 5-6 pm

To sign up for one of our virtual info sessions, please visit our website at: camphirock.org/virtual-info-session-registration/

 


Jordan’s Furniture Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program

It’s time to think baseball!

The New Haven YMCA Youth Center is participating in the Jordan’s Furniture Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program! This program will supply like-new baseball/softball equipment so our Y can participate in the upcoming baseball session.

Bring your like-new, clean condition, baseball equipment to Jordan’s Furniture New Haven Long Wharf, 40 Sargent Drive New Haven. Equipment may include bats (metal only), catcher’s equipment, gloves, cleats (metal and plastic), baseballs (new) and softballs (new).

The Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program runs through June 13. Additional information can be found online here.


Healthy Kids Day

We’re hosting our annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 24, 10am-1pm at the New Haven YMCA Youth Center. We’d like to encourage families to take a moment to help kids be kids.

While the in-person event will feature physically distanced activities and be in accordance with CDC and State and Local Health Department recommendations, the Y aims to provide a carefree morning for children, celebrating what makes a kid, a healthy kid.

The event will feature activities such as games, bean bag toss, can slam, badminton, limbo, healthy eating ideas, STEM activities and fun competitions to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home.

Share in the fun – we are also holding a sock drive to help children in our local shelter. Please bring a pair of new socks to donate!

Preregistration is encouraged.


Family Nature Hikes

Walk, climb, explore camp and its surrounding trails with Jake!  Each week you’ll experience something new while spending time outdoors with your family.

Saturday:  12:00pm-1:00pm at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel

Member:  $60 / Community:  $120

 


Challenge Course Adventure

Reach new heights on Saturday mornings with our challenge course gurus!  Skill build with our climbing walls, low & high ropes course, and zipline each week under the direction of our certified staff.

Saturday:  11:00am-12:00pm at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel

Member:  $60 / Community:  $120

 


Spring Program Guide

Activate your spirit, mind and body. Keep your kids safe, healthy and strong. We’re here to support you.

Check out our Spring Program Guide and register for Y programs and activities!

Spring Program Session: April 26 – June 20, 2021

Registration Starts: Facility Members: Monday, April 5 / Community Members: Monday, April 12


Winter II Program Guide

Stay safe, stay active. Now that the weather is colder, have your children warm up and get moving in Y programs!

Please browse through our Winter II Program Guide to learn more: Winter II 2021 Program Guide NHYYC

Our Winter 2 Programs start on March 1 and run through April 25.

Registration opens for Members on Monday, February 8. For Community Members on Monday, February 15.

You can register on-line, by calling the Y or in person.


IT’S FOREVER SUMMER AT Y DAY CAMP!

2021 Summer Day Camp

The Hamden/North Haven YMCA believes all kids have great potential and deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.

And while these are unprecedented times, times that challenge us individually and as a community on many levels, Camp Mountain Laurel day camp provides kids with a safe, healthy, familiar, and fun-filled environment for them to explore, build confidence, develop skills and 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.

The health and safety of all Y campers, our team and our volunteers are our first and foremost priority. New safety protocols and sanitization procedures have been adopted to maintain the highest standards. CCCY 2021 Day Camp Safety Plan

We can’t wait to see you at HAMDEN/NORTH HAVEN YMCA CAMP MOUNTAIN  LAUREL! We’ve planned an awesome, activity-packed summer with tons to learn, play and explore. 

Camp Mountain Laurel is located on 2705 Downes Road in Hamden 203-764-1103. 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 peek 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.

To learn more about Summer Camp please review our Hamden North Haven Y 2021 Day Camp Brochure or call the Y.

To register, please fill out the documents and bring them to the Y! Hamden North Haven Y 2021 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: 2021 CCCY Financial Assistance Application Materials

For day-to-day program details, please review our Hamden North Haven Y 2021 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, team building, and problem-solving skills. To apply please fill out the application and contact the Y for an interview. CCC YMCA CIT Application_References 2021-fillable

 


Learn Grow Thrive

Early Learning Preschool Program

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 3-5 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!

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

Preschool Forms:

2021 Early Learning Center Safety Plan

2020-2021 CCC YMCA Preschool Registration Forms

CCCY Early Learning Parent Handbook – NHYYC

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).


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.

Tuesday:  5:00pm-5:45pm at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel, Downes Road, Hamden

Member:  $50 / Community:  $100

 


Floor Hockey

Coach Pat invites you to join the team for a game of floor hockey each week.  Participants will focus on skill building and teamwork during each class.  Whether you are a beginner or a pro, this is the place to go!

Saturday:  9:00am-9:45am at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel, Downes Road, Hamden

Member:  $50 / Community:  $100

 


Take Aim with Archery

Whether you are a novice or a pro, archery is the way to go!  Join John each Saturday as he teaches basic archery skills while you are  having fun and making new friends.

Saturday:  10:00am-10:45am at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel

Member:  $50 /  Community:  $100

 


Get Crafty

Set your creativity free with our spring craft session.  Each week, participants will have the opportunity to complete crafts to take home with the assistance of our arts & crafts director.

Saturday:  9:00am-9:45am at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel

Member:  $50 / Community:  $100

 


Basketball Blast-Off

Learn the basic skills of basketball from our experienced staff members.  Kids will learn how to dribble, shoot, and pass while    learning the importance of teamwork.

Saturday:  1:00pm-1:45pm at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel, Downes Road, Hamden

Member:  $50 / Community:  $100


Y Kickers

Learn the basics of soccer while having fun and practicing with friends!  Each week will be dedicated to learning a   different skill and each    session will conclude with a game.

Saturday:  11:00am-11:45am at YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel, Downes Road, Hamden

Member:  $50 / Community:  $100

 


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