The Cardinal Shehan Center has been enriching the lives of children and families in the Greater Bridgeport Area for over 50 years. Here are just a few of the educational and recreational programs that we offer to fulfill our mission of enriching lives through learning.


After School & Saturday Program

The After School and Saturday Program runs weekday afternoons from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Members of this program are able to take advantage of everything that is offered at the Center, while having a fun, safe place to hang out with friends.

Bank of America Student Leader Program

The Cardinal Shehan Center and Bank of America partner in providing 8 weeks of employment for selected student leaders. In addition to the employment aspect the student leaders work on skill development and service. 

Counselor in Training (CIT) Program

CIT Program is now offered during the school as well as in the summer. The Program is designed to help entering high school students prepare for the work force. 

Culinary Arts Program

Culinary Arts Program for Teens

In the summer of 2017, thanks to Mayor’s Summer Youth Program Initiative, the Cardinal Shehan Center launched its Culinary, Hospitality & Entrepreneurship Program servicing 25 teens, ages 14-19 years old.  Teens are taught meal preparation, how to cook, kitchen safety, and etiquette.  In 2018, the program served 27 teens who now feel confident cooking in the kitchen.

Teens have prepared learned how to prepare a variety of meals ranging from Italian to Asian. The Program includes, hands on cooking, guest speakers, field trips, and participants have prepared meals for the homeless and the vets.

Participants who complete the Program are provided with a stipend and certificate. They will also have the opportunity to enroll in our Job Training Program which will provide the necessary skills as they enter the workforce.

 Cooking Program for K through Preteens

During the After School Program and during Summer Camp, children are introduced to the basics of cooking. They learn about the different types of seasonings- including herbs, they utilize math skills in measurements, learn how to cook a variety of meals, and are introduced to baking. 

Crops from the center’s garden planted by the students along with volunteers are utilized in the cooking program.  It is our hope that pre-teens would then participate in the Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Entrepreneurship Program and once completed enter the Job Training Program.

Environmental Club

The Environmental Club a.k.a. The Green Warriors was started in the spring of 2016. All participants will be hands on with planting, gardening and also working directly with the honey bees. 


JWC Girls' Zone Program

The Junior Women's Club (JWC) Girls' Zone Program promotes educational opportunities for personal enrichment, leadership experience and social interaction. During the After School Program, girls ages 8 to 13 have a great opportunity to take part. 


The Leadership Program meets two days per week, Monday and Friday from 3:00-4:00pm. Program is for boys and girls in grades six to eight.  


Malfettone Family Tutoring Program

Get some extra help with your schoolwork from our experienced tutors!

Music & Instrument Program The Cardinal Shehan Center Music Program is offered Monday thru Friday from 3:00-5:00pm. Through a professional music teacher the youth will learn to play a variety of instruments which include the guitar, keyboards, drums and more....

Physical Education

The Center provides the staff, equipment, and facility to five parochial schools and three alternative education programs throughout the year.

Science at the Center

The Shehan Center offers science throughout the course of the year. Currently it is broken down into school year and summer sessions. The program uses an up to date curriculum to help keep our program consistent with schools. 

Write-On Sports

 The Cardinal Shehan Center offers this unique FREE Summer Journalism Camp. The camp is for rising 7th and 8th grade students and will run for two weeks in mid-July, students are to attend both weeks.


During their time in the Write on Sports program, students will learn the basic elements of good journalism and apply their knowledge to writing spot stories and a feature piece. As part of the learning process, WoS introduces youth to professional journalists and athletes, whom they interview and then write about. Students also write scripts and produce videos in a broadcast studio or on computers. They blog about events they attend, guest they have interviewed, opinions they have about sports. Write on Sports encourages critical thinking, and students are expected to revise their stories multiple times in order to improve their work. 






The main goal of the Aquatic Program at the Cardinal Shehan Center is to have as many children and adults experience the fun of the water, while being as safe and prepared as possible.

Bitty Ball Clinic

We will be hosting our annual Bitty Ball Basketball Clinic this FALL. The Clinic will run for 8 weeks from September 15th to November 17th. The clinic will be broken into two age groups, K-3rd grade and 4th-6th grade. Registration will begin on September 4th!!!

After conclusion of our Bitty Ball Clinic we will run our Bitty Ball League for K-6th graders. Registration for the League will be after Thanksgiving.

For more information contact DJ Ellis at or call 203-336-4468

Boys & Girls Winter Basketball League

 The Winter Basketball League consists of teams of local schools, parishes, and independent teams. Games are played throughout the week from the Middle of October until January. League will conclude with an end of season tournament for the top teams. 



Boys High School Basketball Leagues

 The Cardinal Shehan Center hosts two separate high school basketball leagues throughout the year. They are held during the fall and summer seasons. This league is generally constructed of teams representing their local high schools. 

Bridgeport Diocesan Basketball Tournament

Each winter the Cardinal Shehan hosts the Bridgeport Diocesan Tournament which is open to ANY School or Parish that is associated with the Bridgeport Diocese. The winner of this tournament represents the Bridgeport Diocese in the NECYO Tournament. The NECYO Tournament dates are TBD and will be held in the Manchester, CT surrounding area.

As result of the Diocesan Tournament the winning teams move on to represent the Bridgeport, CT Diocese in the NECYO.

Fitness Center

Join the Cardinal Shehan Center's newly renovated Fitness Center!

Shehan Center Travel Teams

 The Cardinal Shehan Center will offer travel teams for the 2018-19 Season. They have both boys and girls Teams ranging from 5th to 8th grade. These teams play in Shehan Center Winter Basketball League as well as various tournaments and games throughout the winter. 

Spring Basketball League The Spring Basketball Program is designed for players in 4th all the way to 12th Grade. League will be broken down into three divisions based on Grade.

Summer Basketball Camp

To build character- to teach the right way! Fundamental basketball is a lost art. What you will learn from the Shehan Center's Basketball Camp is to gain an understanding of the sport, learn various skills and drills to be successful. 

Vacation Week

When school is out, some to the Center to enjoy computers, library time, basketball, organized activities in the gym, swimming, arts and crafts, game room, cooking class, and much more during our Vacation Week programs.

Norma F. Pfriem Summer Camp

 The Norma F. Pfriem Summer Day Camp offers campers a chance to excel both academically and athletically in an emotionally supportive environment. Our qualified staff is committed to providing a positive experience for your child in a safe and comfortable setting. Campers will have the opportunities to use our facilities to the max. We also offer educational math, science and literacy classes which are taught in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. These programs, run by our certified teachers, help our campers use their imaginations and stimulate their minds. 

Some of our camps most memorable moments over the years have come during our special events and field trips. 

Programs Wish LIst

 The Cardinal Shehan Program Staff strives to provide a quality experience for each of our members. Along with a quality experience comes quality equipment and supplies. 

Sailing Learn water safety, marine life, sailing & self-confidence in our Shehan Center Sailing Program!

Shehan Center is exempt from licensure as a day care center pursuant to Conn. Public Act 11-193