CDC Guidelines and Safety Protocols

We are committed to keeping our participants and staff safe and healthy and the following procedures will be in place for the foreseeable future:

  • Small group sizes with a 1:10 ratio with a significantly reduced capacity for the entire program
  • Separate areas/rooms for reach group of young people with the same staff each day
  • Scheduled hand washing and access to hand sanitizer
  • Staff are currently wearing face masks while in program area
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting processes throughout the day


Safety Protocols


Safety & Quality Matters

To monitor overall program quality, the YMCA uses the nationally recognized, validated instrument, the Youth Program Quality Assessment (PQA) tool, which is designed to measure the quality of youth programs and identify staff training needs. The tool is used to assess in the following areas:

• Safe and supportive environment
• Staff and youth interaction and engagement
• Youth- centered policies and practices

Results from each site assessment are used to identify areas of success and identify opportunities for improvement through a continuous improvement plan. Follow up training is available to staff based their individual professional skills and competencies. The Y was an early adopter of this program and has been a part of the United Way of Greater Houston Quality Improvement System for 5 years.

Well-Trained Staff

All staff must:
• Pass a thorough background check process including: FBI Fingerprints, National Child Abuse Registry and National & State Sex Offender Registry
• Drug tested

All staff are trained in:
• Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention
• CPR and First Aid Certification
• Communicable Disease Management
• Additionally, all staff must complete a minimum of 30 clock hours of professional development annually

Ways the Y Protects Kids