• Child Development
  • Before & After school
  • Youth & Teen Programs
  • Youth & Teen Wellness Center
  • Summer Camp
  • YMCA ChildWatch
  • Aquatics
  • Barracudas Swim Team

Child Development

School Readiness Program:

The YMCA School Readiness program provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development appropriate to each child's age and development.

Our NAEYC Accredited, state licensed program provides a safe and healthy environment for your child and peace of mind for you!

Full day:


Who: Children ages 3-4
When: Monday - Friday 6:30am - 3:30pm or 8:30am-5:30pm, extended care available.
Criteria: Must live in Waterbury and must attend at least 6 hours per day.
Fees: Based upon a sliding fee scale depending upon income and family size

What makes our program so special?

  • Affordability: Fees are based on family and income size.
  • Quality, educated staff with low child/staff ratio's.
  • A name you can trust.
  • Challenging curriculum based upon the preschool benchmarks framework in education.
  • Creative activities, including science experiments, woodworking and cooking projects.
  • Swim lessons and yoga classes are part of the curriculum
  • Gym time in our gymnasium, including time on our rock-climbing wall.
  • Monthly field trips and family events.
  • Parent support and resources.
  • A nutritional breakfast & lunch along with daily snack are provided at no additional cost you!
  • Monthly Family Events and Field trips

Contact Kristen Coburn, Interim Child Development Director for more information at x125.

Before & After school

The Before and After School enrichment programs offer school-aged children a flexible daily schedule that includes:

  • Physical activity, instituted according to the Sports Play & Active Recreation curriculum
  • Problem Solving and Creative Experiences, based on the YMCA Core Values: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility
  • Nutritional plan guided by the State of CT Child & Adult Care Food Program
  • Homework assistance from YMCA staff.


Registration for FAll 2015 Before & after school open NOW!

Downloadable Applications and Forms:

YMCA Before and Afterschool program application  »

Child Health Asessment Record Form»

Income Eligibility»

Permission to Administer Medication»

Swipe Card Entry Application»

Before School Care - Weekly Rates
Monday - Friday - 7:00 am to school start
Call Kristen Coburn our Off-Site Director for current rates. (203) 754-9622 ext. 125

After School Care - Weekly Rates
Monday -Friday School dismissal 5:30 Watertown, 5:45 Prospect & 6:00 Waterbury
Call Kristen Coburn Off-Site Director for current rates. (203) 754-9622 ext. 125


On-Site: Located at the Greater Waterbury YMCA

Before School Care 6:30 AM - 9:00 AM:
Schools we service:

  • Bunker Hill
  • Regan
  • Kingsbury
  • Bucks Hill
  • Driggs (Bus only)
  • Maloney
  • (Rotella am ONLY) (Bus only)

After School Care 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM:

  • Driggs
  • Duggan
  • Regan
  • Bucks Hill
  • Maloney
  • Kingsbury
  • Reed
  • Carrington
  • Saints Peter & Paul
  • Bunker Hill
  • Wilson (pm only)
  • Wendell Cross (pm only)

Off-Site Locations:

Waterbury 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM:

  • Chase School (serving Chase, Hopeville, & Rotella, students)
  • Gilmartin (Gilmartin students only)
  • Tinker School (Tinker students only)

Prospect 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM: Serving Algonquin and Community Schools

Watertown Before and After School 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM and 2:45 PM - 5:30 PM:

Locations at:

    • John Trumbull
    • Judson
    • Polk school

We accept Care4Kids participants and offer financial assistance for those who qualify.

Youth & Teen Programs

The Greater Waterbury YMCA Youth & Teen program is based on the foundation of teaching children the importance of YMCA core values: honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Each program provides learning, leadership and friendship opportunities for the youth and teens in our community.

Contact Director of Youth Development for more information at x162.

Buddies, Pee Wee, & Rookies Basketball:  These are 7-week instructional programs for boys and girls ages 3, 4-5, & 6-7 years old respectively.  They are designed to teach the basic rules and fundamentals of the game.  Players will practice dribbling, passing, shooting, learn the rules of the game, and most of all…have FUN! Sessions are held at the YMCA on Saturday mornings.  All participants receive a t-shirt and medal.

Game Time Hoops (8-9 yrs. & 10-11 12-15 yrs):  Game Time Hoops-  Is a 3 month long program. There is practice on Mon and Thurs. evenings for 2 hours, which include homework help/supplemental work time to enhance child’s performance in school.

Appropriate for kids who have some experience with the game of basketball, and would benefit from a league that plays games as well as holds instructional practices.  There is a player evaluation held by the coaches to determine teams.  This league runs on Saturdays for 3 months, and everyone makes a team.  At the conclusion of the league, all participants receive a medal, and the champions receive trophies.


This program works on developing more advanced skills and techniques. Participants will begin to start learning more game-like scenarios towards the end of this session. Game play, teamwork, and sportsmanship will be emphasized. T-shirts and medals with be given by the conclusion of the program.


Didn’t make your schools basketball team or just want to improve your skill set? Well you now have the opportunity to do so with the Y. Skills and Drills is a program designed to help you improve your game. With this program, you will work on advanced skill sets with some physical training. There will be one on one instruction in a group setting. Remember, there is always room for improvement.

Northwest Juniors Club level Volleyball- This volleyball club has a place for all female players from 5th-12th grade, from beginner levels to those wanting a highly competitive playing experience depending on the level the player is currently performing at.  Club volleyball start the evaluation process in November/December and play through to the beginning of May. 

WBA  Basketball Program-A subsidized program that allows young men and women in Waterbury to try out for a spot on one of our teams.  These teams practice in Waterbury and play in tournaments along the Northeast.  This gives them opportunity to play other talent in and around our area of the U.S. and be seen by college scouts.  They are given time for College preparation and tutoring to maintain good grades in school. Minimum GPA required for participation.

Private Sports Instruction: The Y is now offering private basketball and volleyball instruction for individuals, pair of players, or small groups.  This is a comprehensive instruction is packaged as four, or six lesions that focus on a variety of skills.  Instruction is provide by highly qualified coaches for all ages.

Leadership and Jr. Leadership Programs:

Leadership programs to teach youth about the importance of their skills in choice making, public speaking, financial responsibility, community partnerships, college prep, and appropriate media communications.

Youth and Government

Local students participate in a mock legislative session, writing and debating bills and traveling to the State Youth and Government conference in Hartford in March each year.





Youth & Teen Wellness Center

The Youth & Teen Wellness Center is currently under construction!

We anticipate that we will re-open the center in the Spring of 2016!

Please check back soon.

Summer Camp

YMCA Camp Mataucha & YMCA Camp Oakasha

Waterbury YMCA is proud to offer two day camps unmatched in customer service, quality, and most importantly, caring and professional staff. We inspire campers to learn and demonstrate the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility through positive role modeling and important "teachable moments". Serving children 4 to 15 years of age, every day is a safe new adventure specifically tailored toward the age of your camper. Activities include archery, swimming, arts & crafts, boating, nature, hiking, family nights and more, camp is sure to be a memorable experience. 

Outdoor Center at YMCA Camp Mataucha

During the school year, the Outdoor Center offers many opportunities for fun, learning and growth. Consider joining us for one of our Vacation Camp programs on days off from school. We also host FREE fun family events including an Easter Eggstravaganza, Halloween Carnival, and Breakfast with Santa.

YMCA Camp Mataucha

Summer Day Camp in Watertown, CT

Camp Mataucha serves children from Waterbury, Watertown, Middlebury, Southbury, Prospect, Naugatuck, Thomaston, Wolcott, Woodbury, Bethlehem, Plymouth, and other surrounding areas.

Traditional day camp includes swimming, boating, archery, arts & crafts, group games, low and high ropes, climbing tower, sports, nature, and more! Specialty camps focus on fishing, aquatic activities, mountain biking, survival, preforming arts, and social media.

For all information on camp, weeks, prices, schedules, and activities, click to download our full brochure: Camp Mataucha 2016 Brochure

  • Preview Week: June 20 - June 24
  • Session 1: June 27 - July 8
  • Session 2: July 11 - July 22
  • Session 3: July 25 - August 5
  • Session 4: August 8 - August 19

United Way Campership Applications - available Monday, March, 28, 2016, at the Waterbury YMCA, due Friday, May 13, 2016

Interested in working at YMCA Camp Mataucha? Click here for our 2016 Summer Staff application, due on May 15, 2016

Upcoming Open House Dates: Sunday, May 15, 12-3pm & Sunday, June 12, 12-3pm

Outdoor Center at YMCA Camp Mataucha

Upcoming Vacation Camps 2016: Columbus Day - October 10, Election Day - November 8, Veterans Day - November 11 and Winter Break - December 28, 29 & 30




Summer Camp Mataucha 2015 Highlights Video

YMCA Camp Oakasha

Summer Day Camp in Southbury, CT

Camp Oakasha is happy to celebrate our 20th Anniversary of quality traditional day camp programming and serves over 125 children a day from families of Southbury, Middlebury, Woodbury, Oxford, Beacon Falls, and surrounding areas. Activities include swimming, boating, archery, climbing tower, arts & crafts, nature, sports, low ropes, and much more.

For full information on camp weeks, pricing, schedules, activities and more, download our brochure: Camp Oakasha 2016 Brochure

  • Week 1: June 20 - 24, Fun with Fiction Week
  • Week 2: June 27 - July 1, Pirate vs. Ninja Week, Field Trip: TBA
  • Week 3: July 4 - 8, Character Color Games (There is camp on July 4.)
  • Week 4: July 11 - 15, Oakasha's Got Talent Week, Field Trip: TBA
  • Week 5: July 18 - 22, Mad Scientist Week
  • Week 6: July 25 - 29, Outta This World Week, Field Trip: Bridgeport Bluefish Baseball Game
  • Week 7: August 1 - 5, Wild West Week
  • Week 8: August 8 - 12, Oakasha Olympics Week, Field Trip: Quassy Amusement Park
  • Week 9: August 15 - 19, Around the World Week
United Way Campership Applications - available Monday, March 28, 2016, at the Waterbury YMCA, due Friday, May 13, 2016

Interested in working at Camp Oakasha?
Click here for our Camp Oakasha Staff Application- due May 15, 2016

Upcoming Open House Dates:
Wednesday, May 18, 5-7pm; Saturday, June 4, 12-2pm; Tuesday, June 14, 5-7pm


Summer 2015 Camp Oakasha Highlights Video

YMCA ChildWatch

 Hours of Operation:


Monday - Friday  

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM & 4:15 PM - 8:00 PM

*Closes at 7:30 PM in the summer

Saturday 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday CLOSED 

RELAX-we'll take care of the Kids

YMCA ChildWatch-free babysitting while you work out.

We offer a fun and stimulating environment for your 6 month old - 12 year old while you work out. Age-appropriate play areas and 2-3 caregivers at all times.

ChildWatch features the Wii interactive gaming system, computers & homework stations, art & craft area, infant/toddler zone, and parent pagers.

Free ChildWatch is for YMCA full facility members only, parents must remain in building at all times.


IMPORTANT Policy and information

  • ChildWatch is available to full YMCA Facility members only.  Program members or Unlimited Fitness members may not use ChildWatch
  • Members may not use ChildWatch for children that are not under their legal guardianship
  • Parents are the only people allowed to check children into ChildWatch, ChildWatch is not open to members caring for someone else's children.
  • The same parent must sign each child in and out daily.
  • If pagers are lost or broken a $50 fee will be charged to the member.
  • ChildWatch has a 1.5 hour time limit, if pages are not answered promptly parents will be charged a late fee.
  • Reciprocal YMCA members may not use ChildWatch from January-May 1st.
  • Children that are visibly ill will not be allowed in ChildWatch.

Good to know...
Parents may leave children in ChildWatch for 1.5 hours. If you would like extra time to shower or finish a workout, you must check in with staff after 90 minutes and request more time. There are phones located in the locker rooms for your convenience.  If there is a wait list and your child has been checked in for 1.5 hours, you will be asked to pick your child up immediately.  It is recommended that new children have some transition time with a parent in ChildWatch before the parent leaves for the first time. Please pick up a copy of our code of conduct on your first visit! If your child has any special needs, please discuss with staff so that we can better serve the needs of your family.

Important Information:
Caregivers do not change diapers in Childwatch, please make sure that your child is checked in wearing a clean diaper. No food, snacks or drinks are allowed, if your child is thirsty a caregiver may provide them with water. There is a diaper changing station and child bathroom for parent convenience located in the Childwatch room as well as 2 handwashing sinks. There are no nap areas/beds in ChildWatch, if your child may get tired please leave a carseat or reclining stroller for them to nap in.  Parents will be held responsible for broken toys and lost or broken parent pagers.

Contact Chelsea if you have any questions


Learning to swim at the YMCA is an exciting and enjoyable process! Here are a few pointers for you to know when you or your child begins swim classes: Be patient and supportive. Swimming develops new motor skills, and the time needed to learn these skills varies from person to person. Generally, it takes 3 consecutive sessions to progress to a new level. Time is required to develop strength and endurance to perform these skills. Swimmers develop as these skills are reinforced. Our Aquatics program meets the need for a comprehensive program of water enrichment and skill development. Our enthusiastic staff, low ratios, and progressive program will ensure your child’s experience is fun and rewarding.

Youth Swim Programs

Read the descriptions below to determine which program best suits your child.

  • Shrimp & Kipper (water exploration )
    6 months & 2 years old with a parent
    The S.K.I.P. classes provide a fun time for parents and other adults to interact
  • Inias & Perch (water exploration )
    2 & 3 years old with a parent
    The S.K.I.P. classes provide a fun time for parents and other adults to interact.
  • Pike I (water exploration )
    3-6 years old without parent
    This class is designed for children who do not feel comfortable putting their face in the water or are afraid of the water.
  • Pike II (primary skills)
    3-6 years old without parent
    This class is designed for children who are not afraid of the water but do not know how to swim. Children should feel comfortable swimming without a flotation device the width of the pool.
  • Eels (primary skills)
    3-5 years old without parent
    Children have the ability to swim the width of the pool with face in the water with and without using a flotation device. Prerequisite: Pike or equivalent.
  • Rays (stroke readiness)
    3-6 years old without parent
    Children have the ability to swim front crawl with rhythmic breathing and back stroke the width of the pool. Prerequisite: Eels or equivalent.
  • Starfish (stroke development)
    4-6 years old without parent
    Children must swim the length of the pool with rotary breathing and back stroke. Prerequisite: Rays or equivalent.

Progressive Swim Programs
These programs are for children ages 6-14 years old.

  • Polliwog I (primary skills)
    For children who cannot swim and for those who are afraid of the water. Water basics. Prerequisite: None.
  • Polliwog II (primary skills)
    For children who can swim the width of the pool with rhythmic breathing, back float for 10 seconds, front float and kick with straight legs. Water basics. Prerequisite: Polliwog I or equivalent.
  • Guppy (stroke readiness)
    Swim 25 yards with rotary breathing and coordinated arms. Back skull, treading water, and basic lifesaving skills. Prerequisite: Polliwog or equivalent.
  • Minnow (stroke development)
    Front dive, survival float, and throwing assists, front crawl, backstroke, and elementary backstroke 50 yards. Prerequisite: Guppy or equivalent.
  • Fish (skill proficiency)
    200 yards front crawl and backstroke and dolphin kick, backstroke turn, 30 feet underwater swim. Prerequisite: Minnow or equivalent.
  • Flying fish (advanced skills)
    100 yards I.M. with legal turns and 200 yards front crawl with flip turns. Tread water for 2 minutes. Prerequisite: Fish or equivalent.
  • Shark (advanced skills)
    200 yards I.M. with legal turns, lifesaving strokes. Prerequisite: Flying Fish or equivalent.

Red Cross Lifeguarding Class
This class is taught over an eleven week period. All classes are mandatory. Participants must be at least 15 years old on the first day of class.4

Prerequisite are

Participants must be able to swim 300 yards continuously, using each of the following strokes for at least 100 yards:
Freestyle (front crawl)
100 yards choice between the 2

Starting in the water swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound weight, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 min and 40 seconds.

Adult Swim Programs

Water Exercise
A low impact, warm water workout for any fitness level. Designed to be comfortable, invigorating, and easy on your joints. This class improves strength, flexibility, and endurance to improve movement.

Stretch, tone, and strengthen muscles by using water resistance. This program consists of exercises that increase the range of motion in the shoulders, wrists, hips, knees, lower extremities, and abdominal areas.

Water Workout
A workout class that will use the water to make movement easier. Class will include a variety of exercises to build cardio, strength, and overall wellness.

Zumba Splash
This basic level Zumba class is taught in the small pool. Zumba dance is a fusion of Latin and international music, incorporating aerobics and interval training.

Swimming Lesson for the Terrified!
For adults who are truly terrified of the water. A must for parents who want to play in the water with their children, but can't because of their own limitations. Includes water orientation, basic front crawl skills with rhythmic breathing, and safety skills.

Beginning Swimmers
For adults who are unable to swim or only have a basic swimming ability. The class includes basic front crawl and rhythmic breathing skills backstroke skills, and safety skills.

Female Swimming
Adult lap swimming in a closed environment. Monday and Wednesday from 7:15 PM - 8:15 PM in our small pool.


Whether you are a novice or an elite swimmer, the Greater Waterbury YMCA’s Masters Swim program can improve your swimming skills. Masters Swimming is the perfect place to rekindle your competitive spirit, try a new sport or simply stay fit while honing a new skill.All of our practices will be conducted like a swim team practice and will have an attentive coach overseeing them; offering a fitness and technical component.  These coached sessions are designed to enhance your swimming skills, make you more efficient in the water, and increase your overall fitness level. Masters Swimming is made up of triathletes, beginners, and elite swimmers.  Come see how much more there is to get out of a workout when surrounded by a group who shares a passion for the water!


For more information about the Masters Swim Program, contact Chris Hibbs (chibbs@waterburyymca.org)

Barracudas Swim Team

The Greater Waterbury YMCA Barracuda Swim Team is a competitive swim program offering development, training, and competition to swimmers age 6 and up. The philosophy of our program is "Everybody swims, everybody wins." Every swimmer is given the attention and the opportunity needed to achieve personal improvement.


Barracuda team portal link

REcent Meet results and info


 Waterbury YMCA swim team_handbook 2013-2014


Practice sessions are divided into three groups, based on a combination of age and experience:

  • Beginners
    Swimmers 8 and under, and first-time swimmers from 9-11. The focus is on the development of each of the four competitive strokes and meet skills (starts and turns). Swimmers practice 4 hours per week.
  • Intermediates
    Swimmers age 8-12, and first-time swimmers from 12 and up. The focus is on the fine-tuning of meet skills, developing good training habits, goal setting, and team work. Swimmers practice 5-6 hours per week.
  • Advanced
    Swimmers age 10 and over who are ready to train for a high level of competition. The emphasis is on conditioning and meet strategy, as well as setting goals and contributing to the team. Swimmers practice 7 hours or more per week.

The team is open to novice swimmers as well as those with prior competitive experience.

8 & under
Ability to swim 2 laps non stop 1 of freestyle with rotary breathing, and an additional lap of freestyle. Ability to swim 1 lap of backstroke non stop and do a kneeling dive off side of pool.

9 & 10
Ability to swim 2 laps non stop of freestyle with rotary breathing. Ability to swim 2 laps of backstroke non stop. Basic knowledge of breaststroke and butterfly. Basic forward flip in the water and a standing dive off side of pool.

11 & 12
Ability to swim 4 laps non stop of freestyle with rotary breathing. Ability to swim 2 laps of backstroke non stop. Ability to swim 2 laps either breaststroke or butterfly. Flip turns and racing start.

13 & over
Ability to swim 4 laps non stop of freestyle with rotary breathing. Ability to swim 4 laps of backstroke non stop. Ability to swim 2 laps both breaststroke or butterfly. Flip turns and racing start.

The team participates in the Yankee Cluster Swim League with ten other YMCA swim teams, including Ansonia, Meriden, Southington, Torrington, and Wallingford. The season consists of 10 dual meets and the League Championship Meet, which is open to every member of the team. There are also New England and National YMCA Championships at the end of the season for swimmers who attain the qualifying times.