Welcome to Madison Youth and Family Services
Madison Youth and Family Services is an agency established in 1983 by the Town of Madison. It is charged with the development and delivery of a range of services for the young people of Madison and their families.
MISSION: The agency exists to foster the healthy development of the children of Madison and their families through progressive programs that offer prevention, community coordination and treatment services.
Detailed information on all of Madison Youth & Family Programs is located on the Services & Programs Section of this website.
RACE TO NOWHERE
April 1 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30)
Polson Middle School
Madison Youth and Family Services, in collaboration with Madison Public Schools, M.A.D.E. in Madison and The Scranton Memorial Library, is pleased to once again host a screening of Race to Nowhere, a film that calls us to challenge the current thinking about how we prepare our children for success.
This is an important conversation for our community as our high-striving culture has a direct impact on the well-being of our kids. David Melilo, Director of Madison Youth and Family Services shares that "we see increasing numbers of our youth experiencing depression and dealing with stress and anxiety. This film and our follow-up conversation will address these issues."
Additionally, the national stats are sobering: *
- 87% of high school students are chronically sleep deprived.
- Kids are over scheduled, and since 1981 the time children spend outdoors has dropped 50%.
- 1 in 4 teens experience severe stress during the school year.
- One in three American children suffers from depression.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds.
This is not okay, and we are committed to doing better for our kids. "While we are proud of our academic excellence, we also realize that the health and wellbeing of our students are paramount to their happiness and to their success" says Thomas Scarice, Superintendent of Madison Public Schools. We hope you can join us for this thought-provoking film and be a part of a community conversation that will spark action to putting the health and well-being of our teens at the top of the list.
Advance registration for this free event is required. Parents and teens are encouraged to attend. Hope to see you there!
Camp Scholarships Available for Madison Children
Through the generosity of Madison Community Services, Madison Foundation's Neighbor to Neighbor Program and the Exchange Club, we have been able to help with summer fun for children in Madison ages 5 to 15. Each family must meet with Wendy Larson, Social Services' Coordinator (203-245-5655) to verify their financial situation prior to being awarded a scholarship to a camp of their choosing.
There are several camps to choose from like Madison Arts Barn, Dustin's Place, Madison Beach and Recreation, Camp Hazen, Bushy Hill, Camp Connri, Channel 8 Kids Camp, to name just a few. You may also search the web at www.ctcamps.org for other camps available in Connecticut. All funds are on a first come first serve basis until the funding has run out. So please don't wait.
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Tips for Parents and Teachers
Your community and your state have been very busy trying to bring more essential services to our citizens in need. Please feel free to contact either Heather Castrilli or Wendy Larson for details on the many other state and local assistance programs not listed. Including food stamps, health insurance, Medicare, Medicare Part D, if you or someone you know is in need please give us a call we are here to help.