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From exceptional fitness facilities including our indoor pool, Life Fitness circuit, Lifecycles, Elliptical Cross trainers, treadmills, recumbent bikes and upright bikes to our child watch and child care services for preschoolers, before and after-school child care and summer day camp – the Stratford YMCA is the place to go! Learn more about the Stratford YMCA and how to become a member.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 6:00 am-7:00 pm

Saturday: 7:00 am-4:00 pm

Sunday: 8:00 am-1:00 pm

Address & Phone:

3045 Main Street

Stratford, CT 06614

P 203 375 5844

F 203 380 0291

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Are You Whistle Worthy?

4-lifeguardsLifeguard Certification Course at the Stratford YMCA

This course is designed to give participants the skills and knowledge needed to be a   lifeguard in and aquatic environments.  This comprehensive course offers up to date    information on how to guard, anticipate, and prevent problems and to take actions to help those in need.  CPR, First Aid, AED, and O2 certifications are included in the cost of the program.  Participants must pass a swim test on the first day of class in order to   remain registered.  All class times are required for certification in addition to completion of online prerequisite courses prior to first day of class. Limited spots available.

Call or stop by the Stratford YMCA to Register today!

AGES: 15+

WHEN:  Full Certification: Sat/Sun/Sat: 5/15-5/16 at11am—7pm, 5/22 at11am—7pm OR Sat/Sun/Mon: 5/29-5/31 at 11am –6pm

Recertification: Tue-Wed: 5/30-5/31 at 10am—7pm

Waterfront: Sat: 5/23 at 10 am—7pm

FEE:

1st Time Lifeguard Members $275 / Community-Members $375

Lifeguard Recertification Members $50 / Community-Members $100

Waterfront Everyone $75

For more information or to register, please contact our Membership Service Representatives at 203-375-5844 or email our Aquatics Coordinator, Oscar Rodriguez, at orodriguez@cccymca.org.

 


Forever In Service

In honor of Earth Day on April 22 the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA will demonstrate our support for environmental protection. Our hope is to celebrate the importance of taking care of nature and beautifying our community. Events will be held throughout our service area Saturday, April 17 – Friday, April 23. Each event will be an opportunity for you to volunteer alongside us, give back to our community and donate. Let’s come together and demonstrate our commitment to each other.

You can help us build a better us. Be involved with us.

Join us for our Days of Service.

Engage along side us to help our community. Together we can make a difference.

Volunteer! Get involved and work beside us with other community supporters. Sign up to volunteer for a safe, socially distanced volunteer shift at one of many events. We hope to have a YMCA presence at each! Volunteer groups welcome! Our goal is to have 22 new volunteers work beside our 22 Y staff members to collect over 22 bags of trash.

Give Back! We hope to spend 220 hours beautifying our community. Can you give us a little of your time and energy?

Donate! Make an on-line donation to support this vital work so that the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA can help serve those in our community who needs us most. Our goal is to raise at least $2,200 during our April Days of Service. Every dollar counts!

Opportunities for You to Participate With Us

  • Hamden/North Haven YMCA and the New Haven YMCA Youth Center are recruiting staff and volunteers to help clear the 12 walking trails, prep the community garden for cultivation, plant bulbs in flower beds, and develop a butterfly garden near the pavilion for YMCA Camp Mountain Laurel serving local communities in Hamden, North Haven, New Haven. Saturday, April 17 9am-Noon at Camp Mountain Laurel, 2705 Downes Road, Hamden. Questions?  Please email Erin, ekelly@cccymca.org, or call 203 776 9622.
  • Get moving for Mother Earth and collect trash in the neighborhoods surrounding the Stratford Y on a “Walk With Us: Earth Day Clean Up!” All of the Walks will start at the Stratford Y 3045 Main Street. We’ll provide gloves, trash bags, and a walking route. Wear your mask and get ready to be outside together.
    • Monday, April 19– 6 PM- Walk With Us to Nichols School via North Ave (approx. 2 miles)
    • Tuesday , April 20– 11:15 AM– Walk With Us to Long Brook Park with Pauline (approx. 1 mile)
    • Wednesday, April 21– 1 PM– Walk With Us for YLC Students to Stratford Police Department
    • Thursday, April 22– 4 PM- Walk With Us to Town Hall with Sterling House Community Center friends
    • Friday, April 23– 4 PM– Walk With Us to Paradise Green (approx. 1mile)
  • Join us on Tuesday, April 20 at 3:30pm at the Luis Marin School near their garden and playground on 479 Helen Street, Bridgeport. YMCA staff members, children in our Lighthouse afterschool program, school educators and other volunteers will be cleaning up the Luis Marin School community garden and planting flowers.
  • The Valley YMCA at the Holy Rosary Church will, in partnership with the Church, do a spring clean-up of the Church grounds and begin gardening projects.  Wednesday, April 21.
  • At noon on April 22, Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA staff will be walking on the Pequonnock River Trail starting at the Spring Hill entrance and picking up trash. We hope that you will be able to join us.
  • Thursday, April 22. The Woodruff Family Y and our Togetherhood program participants will be doing a park clean up at Bodies Place in Milford. 10am-1pm. Meet us there! Wear gloves, bring your own rakes, please.
  • On April 23, the Valley Y and the Woodruff Family Y Leaders Club will partake in a positive messaging campaign and spread great environmental messaging with sidewalk chalk around downtown Milford. All our welcome! Please call the Y for meeting location and time.

Special Programs Being Led in our Ys 

  • Visit the Stratford Y at the Shakespeare Market on Saturday, April 17! Plant a seed  and grab a trash pick up bag to go.
  • From April 17-22, the Soundview Family Y will be encouraging members to do clean ups in their neighborhoods – with their family and friends. The Y will be collecting pictures to share.
  • The Valley Child Care Center will be taking an educational Nature Walk around the center to teach our youth about nature and the importance of keeping it fresh and clean.
  • All Woodruff Family YMCA and Valley Y School Age Child Care sites will participate in an environmental scavenger hunt outdoors to help our children learn about recycling and their future world in a fun way. We will also be writing positive environmental messages on the sidewalks. #STEM
  • On April 21, the Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA Fallow Hallow and Stepney Elementary School after school participants will be making bird feeders from recycled toilet paper rolls that they will then bring home to hang in their trees. If the kiddos are willing to part with some, we will have them available for our members to bring home and enjoy, but we aren’t sure how many will get handed over
  • The preschool and SACC children at the New Haven YMCA Youth Center will be planting seeds and flowers to give to the Seniors at the Dixwell/Newhallville Senior Center in New Haven
  • Hamden/North Haven YMCA SACC children will be cleaning and beautifying the Community Garden at the Keefe Center.
  • School age child care participants at the Soundview Family Y Cosey Beach program will be doing a beach and park clean up on April 22.
  • Soundview Family Y Hayes School school age child care youth will be cleaning up at the Hayes School and Pit on April 22.
  • On April 22, Soundview Family Y school age child care participants will be cleaning up the areas around the Y.
  • Children in the Bridgeport Y’s Kolbe Early Learning Center will be focusing on the three R’s: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse by creating junk sculptures using any recycle materials such as old clothes, cereal boxes, spoons, egg cartons, paper towel tubes, plastic containers, cans, shoe boxes and more. Sculptures will be displayed at the Y so that all children, families and community volunteers can learn more about ways to reduce, recycle and reuse.

The Y. For a Better Us.

Forever Grateful

Thank you for supporting our Days of Service!

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/

 


Healthy Kids Day – April 24 10am-1pm

We’re hosting our annual Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, April 24, 10am-1pm. 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 events will feature activities such as games, Zumba, Safety Around Water demonstrations, STEM activities, archery and healthy eating ideas with lots of fun 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!


KEEP CALM & PAINT ON

FREE Paint & Sip for Healthcare Workers

Join us for a healthy and fun event for all Healthcare Workers! Everyone leaves with a piece of art that they have created! You will paint a picture, sip healthy smoothies, and share talents with the group.  For more information, please contact Ashley at afedak@cccymca.org. Please register in advance as space is limited.

DATE: Sunday, May 16, 11:00am– 2:00pm


BSY Torpedoes Swim Team

‘21 Long Course Season

“Shaping the mind, body, and spirit into a streamlined vessel built for enduring success in life and the sport of competitive swimming.” – BSY Mission

Our team offers a stimulating, enjoyable program that stresses stroke technique, starts, turns, and basic to advanced training. Our team ranges from entry level competitive swimmers to National Championship caliber swimmers – all are welcome and encouraged to swim with the BSY Torpedoes!

Register Today!

Season: 4/26/21 through 7/30/2021

Registration: Begins Monday, 4/5/2021

New swimmer evaluations will be held throughout the week around 5:00-5:30 at the Stratford YMCA; new and interested swimmers must register for one of the days.  Please be sure to register for the evaluation with our membership service representatives.

Details: BSY 2021 Long Course Registration Brochure

 


Spring Program Guide

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

Check out our Stratford Y Spring 2021 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


We’re here for you


Winter 2 Program Guide

Stay safe, stay active. Now that the weather is colder, warm up and get moving at the Y.

Please browse through our Winter 2 Program Guide to learn more: STF Y Winter 2 2021 Program Guide

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 Stratford 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, the Stratford Y 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 Summer Camp! We’ve planned an awesome, activity-packed summer with tons to learn, play and explore. 

To learn more about Summer Camp please review our Stratford YMCA 2021 Day Camp Brochure or call the Y.

To register, please fill out the documents and bring them to the Y! Stratford YMCA 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 Stratford YMCA 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


EATING SMART AND MOVING MORE

Start 2021 Making Healthy Food Choices!

Join our 6 Virtual Nutrition Education classes offered weekly will include:

  • Learning to read nutrition labels
  • Shopping on a budget
  • Food safety
  • Weekly nutritious meal preparation including ingredients and tools
  • Making healthy breakfast and lunch choices

These classes are offered in the comfort of your own home via WebEx.

Date: Mondays, February 1, 2021

Time: 6:30pm- 7:30pm

Register Now by emailing Ashley, afedak@cccymca.org, to join!

This class is sponsored by UConn College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources and Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program.


Leading with Confidence

Leaders Club

Leaders Club is a character and leadership development program. This program serves youth, ages 10 to 18. It is organized for the purpose of providing knowledge, training and experiences to teens. Leaders Club will help participants become strong leaders in their communities, foster a spirit of serving others and shape a healthy lifestyle in Mind, Body and Spirit.

Who: Ages 10– 18

Time: Wednesdays 6:00 — 6:45pm

Where: Stratford YMCA and Zoom link available.

Contact: Amber Rua arua@cccymca.org or Oscar Rodriguez orodriguez@cccymca.org for more information.


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!


NAEYC Accredited Preschool Program

Forever Growing

AGES: 3-4 years

At the Y, we offer a safe, nurturing environment for children to learn and grow. The Y supports their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development. When you know your child is well cared for, you and your family have the opportunity to focus at work, plan healthy meals, enjoy family activities and establish a routine. Please take a look at our Stratford Y 2021 2022 ELC Brochure

All kids have great potential. At the Y, we help set them on a path to lifelong learning.  Our program is state licensed with the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and holds is NAEYC accredited. All kids have great potential. At the Y, we help set them on a path to lifelong learning. We use the CT Preschool Curriculum and Assessment Framework offering a wide variety of opportunities for each child to explore and learn in a safe and nurturing environment designed to meet each child’s individual need.

Safety is our first priority. All Central Connecticut Coast YMCA child care programs are following all the guidelines set by the CDC, CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC), Y-USA, and other sources to ensure our policies and procedures are aligned to keep our children, staff and volunteers healthy and safe. Child Care Safety Plan

Activities include:

  • Center-based learning
  • Indoor/outdoor movement
  • Arts and crafts
  • Science
  • Field trips
  • Storytime
  • Music and movement
  • Circle time with Preschool learning and Kindergarten readiness

Multiple child discounts are available. Family Registration Fee: $50 non-refundable. This annual fee is due at time of registration. Tuition is based on 12 equal payments due monthly.

To be enrolled, children must be three years of age by December 31 and must be fully toilet trained. A $50 non-refundable Family Registration Fee is due at the time of registration.

2020-2021 CCC YMCA Preschool Registration Forms

CCCY Youth Waiver  CCCY OEC Child Care Consent Form

CCCY Early Learning Parent Handbook – Stratford Y

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 their website. You can look at the site to find out how the program works, who is eligible, and more. http://www.ctcare4kids.com/

 


Our App Keeps You On Track

Download the Daxko LLC Central Connecticut Coast YMCA Mobile App!

Forget your membership card? Need to squeeze in a workout while you’re out and about?

The Daxko LLC Central Connecticut Coast Y app will give you everything you need in the palm of your hand – for all our Membership Branches!

Schedules – on one user-friendly landing page for all CCCY Branches / Calendar for easy transition through days/dates / Filters by area/room, time of day, class type / Notifications from multiple branches / Locations with facility status and hours / Member Cards use your phone to check-in, load them into your IOS Wallet for display when near the Y / Programs – view and register / Push Notifications! Opt-in for updates on classes and the facility / Email the Y / FREE! 

Follow this link for a fast and easy install: https://apps.daxko.com/729IVBV9HU

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