Child Care

Holiday Shopping Help

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Sunday Drop and Shop at the Stratford YMCA

Need time to get holiday shopping done? Drop your kids off with us and we’ll do the rest while you get some free time. Trained childcare staff will provide lots of fun activities to keep the kids busy. Register for one, or all, preregistration is required, a minimum number of registrations are needed for this program to run.
Activities include: swimming, holiday arts-n-crafts, games, snacks and more.

AGES: Children ages 3-10 (must be fully potty trained, no pull-ups or diapers)

WHEN: Sunday – December 1, Sunday – December 8
Sunday – December 15,  Sunday – December 22

TIME: 10:00 – 3:00

FEE: Members$25 / Community Members $50

REGISTRATION: Please register in advance as space is limited

BRING: Please bring a nut-free lunch, a bathing suit, and a towel. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items, so please leave your electronics at home

Fun Time For All!

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Let our YMCA staff lead your kids on November 15 in fun group games, swim time, crafts, dinner, and other activities while making some new friends!

AGES: 5-12

WHEN: Friday, November 15, 2019

TIME: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm

FEE: Members $10 / CommunityMembers $20

REGISTRATION: Preregistration is required. Registration ends two days before the event so we can staff properly.

BRING: Please bring a suit & towel.

ADDITIONAL INFO: All participants not currently in the before/after school program or summer camp program will need to complete a registration packet, provide a current health form, and medication/medication authorization form, if needed, prior to attending the Parent Night Out.

Paint Sip Repeat

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Kid’s Paint and Sip

Join us for a healthy and fun event for children! Everyone leaves with a piece of art that they have created! Children will paint a picture, sip healthy smoothies, and share their talents with the group. Please register in advance as space is limited.

AGES: Grades 4 – 6

WHEN & TIME: Friday, November 22, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

FEE: Members $10 / Community Members $20

CONTACT: Ashley Fedak, Youth and Family Program Coordinator, E

Time To Explore

Children with toolsMad Scientists Club

Fall 2 Session: October 30– December 18

Our Mad Scientists Club will engage children in a variety of activities centering around Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Join us every Wednesday night, October 30 to December 18 for learning and fun with motivational Y staff. Children will work hands-on, making and creating different projects from slime, to crystal stars, to their own mousetraps!

AGES: 6-10

WHEN: Wednesday

TIME: 7:00-7:45 pm

FEE: Members $50 / Community Members $100

CONTACT: Ashley Fedak, Youth and Family Program Coordinator, E

NAEYC Accredited Preschool Program

Learn Grow Thrive

AGES: 3-4 years

Our preschool program uses the CT Preschool Curriculum and Assessment Framework. Our preschool provides 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.

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

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.

Half-Day Preschool: 9:00 am – 12:45 pm

Full-Day Preschool: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Extended Day Preschool: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

2019-2020 CCC YMCA Preschool Registration Forms Stratford Y Preschool Parent Handbook

2019-2020 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.

Ignite Your Child’s Potential


We strive to meet the needs of our families while providing quality experiences for the children in our programs. Where and how children spend their time is vital to their growth and success in life. Please review our School Age Child Care Brochure.


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, and technology (STEM) 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.


Please review our 2019-2020 SACC Brochure and SACC Parent Handbook 2019-2020. If you have questions, please call the Y 203 375 5844. To register, please fill out our SACC Registration Packet and Individual Care Plan_Medicine Authorization forms. Financial aid may be available, to apply please fill out the 2019 CCCY Financial Assistance Application Materials.

Snow! Gotta Work? Y Worry!

Y Fun Club

On days when Stratford Public Schools are closed for the entire day, due to inclement weather, children enrolled in our Before and Afterschool programs may attend our full-day Y Fun Club. Students can spend the day in a safe and fun environment challenging their friends to board games, creating art projects, swimming, and much more.

Pre-register today for our Y Fun Club, space is limited.  Fees are paid in advance for the next inclement weather day. Any unused Y Fun Club days will be credited to your SACC account in May.  If the Y Fun Club is in session and you choose not to send your child, you will not be refunded for that day.

AGES: School Age Child Care Participants Grades K-6

TIME: 8 am—6 pm (weather permitting)

FEE: $50.00 per day as a member of the Y in addition to your current SACC tuition / $100.00 per day as a community member in addition to your current SACC tuition.  Any unused Y Fun Club days will be credited to your SACC account in May.  If the Y Fun Club is in session and you choose not to send your child, you will not be refunded for that day.

REGISTRATION: You may sign up at the Welcome Center at the Main YMCA. All registrations must be in 48 hours before attending the Y Fun Club. No drop-in sign-ups are allowed due to staffing requirements! Stratford Y Fun Club Winter Registration

BRING: Children need to bring a nut-free lunch, a bathing suit and towel, and appropriate clothes to play outdoors (snow clothes, extra pants, socks, boots, hats, gloves, etc.). We are not responsible for lost or stolen items, so please leave your electronics at home.

Y Vacation Club

No School, No Worries

AGES: 5-12 years

Enjoy your days off from school at our Y Vacation Club! Children should bring a peanut-free lunch and appropriate clothing, including a bathing suit and towel.

TIME: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm