RTCC OutsideThe mission of the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is to build strong kids, strong families and a strong community by offering high quality, diverse, responsive and innovative programs and services. Our programs aim to improve the quality of life and develop the economic self-sufficiency of low-income children and their parents. The four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are at the heart of the YMCA’s mission and are incorporated into all programs. Learn more about the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA and how to become a member.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday:  9:00am–9:00pm
Saturday:             9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday:               Closed  (Rental Only)


Address & Phone:

790 Central Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607
P 203.576.7430
F 203.576.7440
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A Hands On Approach To Learning

children laughing and building toysLittle Scientists Summer Science Program

The Value of Learning Science. Beyond the potential scientific breakthroughs, there are individual benefits to learning science, such as developing our ability to ask questions, collect information, organize and test our ideas, solve problems, and apply what we learn. This is a great way for children to meet new friends while continuing learning throughout the summer.

  • Solar energy seekers
  • Ocean explorers
  • Building with Legos
  • Light, mirror & kaleidoscopes

WHEN: August 7-23, Wednesday and Friday

TIME: 1:00-1:45 pm
2:00– 2:45 pm

CONTACT: Camille Harris P 203 576 7430 E Charris@cccymca.com


Last Days Of Summer

Y staff member standing behind smiling teensSUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

AGES: Boys and Girls 5-13 years old

WHEN: Aug 5 – Aug 23, 2019
Monday-Friday 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Early drop off option starting at 7:30 am
Late pick up option until 5:30 pm

FEE: $75 a week for early registration by 7/30
Breakfast and Lunch $25/week
Early drop off $15/week
Late pick up $25/week

CONTACT: Camille Harris, Program Director, P 203 576 7430 or E charris@cccymca.org

ADDITIONAL INFO: Participants will take part in academic and fitness activities, arts and crafts, and more!

You Can Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive & Dodge


The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is having a Dodgeball League.

This is a great way to play one of your favorite childhood games as an adult.

  • 7 players maximum per game
  • Teams MUST begin each game with two female players
  • Minimum two 10 minute games per night

WHEN: Mondays, July 22– August 26

TIME: 7:00-9:00 pm

CONTACT: Larry Hamilton, 203 576 7430, lhamilton@cccymca.org

FEE: $200 per Team

Registration can be done online at CCCymca.org/location/Ralphola or in person.


Small City Big Dreams

graphics of 3 people holding a housePolice Department vs Fire Department kickball Game

Friday, July 19: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Harding high school baseball field

379 Bond Street, Bridgeport CT, 06607

The Bridgeport Police Department will take on the Bridgeport Fire Department in a friendly Kickball game. Each team will be paired with youth who currently, participate in programming at the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA.

Larry Hamilton Jr. P 203 576 7430 E lhamilton@cccymca.org


Summer Program Guide

Cover of summer program guide YMCA with child on itMaking Summer Memories

The Y is for everyone! You and your family can be active all summer by participating in programs and classes, physical and social activities – that enhance your spirit, mind, and body. We have opportunities for you to pursue your interests, stay active and learn something new. Stay connected, make memories this summer – register for a Y Summer Program Session class or program. Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA Summer Program Guide 2019.

Our Summer Session runs June 17 – August 11, 2019.

Registration opens on Tuesday, May 28 for Members / Monday, June 3 for Community Members.

Educational Workshops

Taylored for Success

Taylored for Success is a collaborative program that offers youth the opportunity to grow as a productive member of our community. This year long program gives members the chance to develop character, build professional habits and pursue dreams that were possibly thought unachievable! Workshops run throughout the year and members can register at any time.

The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA would like to invite you to our Leadership Workshop Series! This is a great opportunity to meet with educators and tutors along with local businesses, community leaders, and athletes that will promote the Y’s emphasis on education, youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Learn from our guest speakers the importance of being responsible, accountable, and an advocate for your community.

WHO:  Families and youth between the ages of 12-18 are welcome.
HOW:  Stop by or call in to register yourself or your child.
COST:  The event is FREE to the public.  Breakfast/lunch are usually served
WHEN: Dates and times vary, call to find out! P 203 576 7430

Tutoring, Reading and Fun!

Join us and increase your reading and writing skills!  Enjoy a good story? Come join the book club to read and discuss great literature!

Ralphola Taylor Community Center Literacy Club

Where:  Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA

When: Scheduling based on your availability – give us a call. Below


Harding Literacy Club

Where:  Harding High School Resource Center

When:  Every Friday 3-5pm

Contacts:  the Y 203 576 7439 or Camille Harris at 203 275 2797 Harding Resource Center


Arts & Humanities

Ages: 4 – 12


Dancing is important to children of all ages, whether it is for exercise or just for fun and entertainment.  Dancing can be a tool in which a child can express one’s self and plays a key role in their growth and development.

Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts can be a fun way to encourage creativity in children and help them focus their minds on completing a set task.  For older children Arts & Crafts is a way to gain a better understanding of artistic and design skills that could help in their futures.

Music Lessons

Music has been a part of youth education for a long time. Music lessons aid in the enhancement of a child’s spatial reasoning and creative thought and is essential to their success in math and science.

After School Program

The After-School Program runs Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and serves at-risk youth in grades K-8. Our program provides a safe haven and opportunities to the youth in the East End of Bridgeport. Each child is assisted in completing schoolwork or assigned worksheets, receives a healthy snack and participates in a rotating schedule of activities that includes dance, performing arts, arts and crafts, and sports rather than the company of the TV set or the local street corner. Programs run throughout the school year.