The Valley YMCA has been a vital part of the Valley community since 1866 – serving the residents of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton. At the Valley YMCA, we build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

The Valley Y has a wide variety of programs for the youth in our community. The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth – serving infants through teens – in a safe environment. Our experienced and caring staff and volunteers model the positive core Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility that help build character.

Mailing Address & Phone:

P.O. Box 373

Ansonia, CT 06401
P 203 732 5527
F 203 736 1438
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Child Care Center Address & Phone:

32 Howard Avenue
Ansonia, CT 06401
P 203 732 7778

 

 

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 at the Valley Y, at the Holy Rosary Church, 10 Father Salemi Drive in Ansonia. We’d like to encourage families to take a moment to help kids be kids.

While the in-person, Y Member event will feature physically distanced activities and be in accordance with CDC and State and our 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, a scavenger hunt, kid relatable exercises, relay races and Safety Around Water demonstrations 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!

Please register in advance to attend.


Spring Program Guide

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

Check our Valley 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

 


It’s Easy To Make A Difference

Togetherhood

At the Y, we’re dedicated to strengthening community by giving back and supporting our neighbors.

That’s why we invite you to participate in Togetherhood™, a program that gives Y members the opportunity to select, plan and lead meaningful community service projects that benefit people and organizations right here in our neighborhood!

Togetherhood™ invites members to participate in the Y’s cause to strengthen community. Distributing food, donating blood, or running a park clean-up are just some of the countless ways Y members and their friends and families can come together in service to their community.

If you are interested in this great program, please contact Ryan Leworthy at the Valley YMCA at rleworthy@cccymca.org or Nicole Servas at the Woodruff Family YMCA at nservas@cccymca.org.


Valley YMCA Opens New Location at the Holy Rosary Church

Leaders of the Valley YMCA, a branch of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, have announced that they’ve opened a new school age child care location at the Holy Rosary Church, 10 Father Salemi Drive in Ansonia CT.

The new Valley Y location will serve youth and families providing school age child care and youth programming as part of the Y’s core mission to promote youth development to all. The agreement includes the leasing of 4,500 square feet of space including four classrooms and outdoor grassy areas which will allow the Y the flexibility to provide many more programs and day camp. YMCA child care will be licensed by the State of CT Office of Early Childhood.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Y to serve our community,” said Valley Y Board of Managers Chairman, Howard Olderman. “Our families depend on YMCA child care programs to provide quality experiences for our children. It’s important for their growth, and families can have a peace of mind while at work, knowing that their children are being supervised in a safe, friendly environment.”

“We are happy to welcome the Valley Y onto our campus as part of our parish mission to serve the wider community,” shared Holy Rosary Church Pastor Fr. Jeffrey Gubbiotti. “Affordable and safe child care is such a big need for families and the YMCA has a long history of offering this valuable service here in the Valley.”

“The Valley YMCA has served the Valley community for many years,” said Josh Royce, Valley Y District Executive Director. “As an organization dedicated to youth development, we know how important it is that our children have a safe and enriching environment for learning, both in and out of school. We are pleased to be able to provide this space to the children in our community, allowing their invaluable social, emotional, physical and academic growth to continue.” “Financial assistance is available to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to participate,” Royce added.

The Valley Y, also, operates a NAEYCA accredited, state-licensed, early learning center at 32 Howard Avenue in Ansonia. This facility provides a safe and loving environment for children 8 weeks to 5 years old.

The Valley Y is a member of the Valley United Way and a benefactor of the Valley Community Foundation.


Fun With Friends

Y Leaders Club

Calling all Milford and Valley teenagers!  Virtual Meetings on Wednesdays at 6:150pm on Zoom.

Leaders Club provides high school students with extensive leadership training, offering opportunities for service to the YMCA and the community. Leaders Club also serves as a recruiting program for future Y professionals! We are here to develop leaders, fostering with them a culture of service in addition to knowledge and training that will help them better serve others and shape a healthy and productive life for themselves. Leaders Club meets once a week virtually, until the time we can meet in person.  Leaders Club provides a safe, genuine place for high schoolers and helps direct their energy to positive outcomes.

If you are interested in this great program please contact Operations Director Ryan Leworthy at the Valley YMCA at rleworthy@cccymca.org or Nicole Servas, Operations Director at the Woodruff Family YMCA at nservas@cccymca.org so we can send you the log on details for the Virtual Meetings.

 


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: Valley Y Winter II 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 Valley 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 Valley 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 Valley Y 2021 Day Camp Brochure or call the Y.

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


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!


Activating People For Good

hands silhouettesTogetherhood

At the Y, we’re dedicated to strengthening the community by giving back and supporting our neighbors. That’s why we invite you to participate in Togetherhood™, a program that gives Y members the opportunity to select, plan and lead meaningful community service projects that benefit people and organizations right here in our neighborhood!

Togetherhood™ invites members to participate in the Y’s cause to strengthen the community. Collecting school supplies, donating blood, or running a park clean up are just some of the countless ways Y members and their friends and families can come together in service to their community.

CONTACT: Ryan Leworthy, Operations Director, P 203 732 5527


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