As a leader in youth development, the YMCA of Greater Houston serves over 9000 children ages 5-12 on a daily basis, providing safe, quality and affordable after school care in approximately 200 sites in 23 school districts. Enrollment is open to any child ages 5-12 who is a student of the school/district in which the site is located.
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.
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
YMCA After School Care Benefits
• Special rates available for YMCA members
• Conveniently located on school campuses
• Transportation offered at selected sites
• All sites are licensed through the Department of Family & Protective Services
• All staff undergo pre-employment drug tests & background checks
• Low staff-to-child ratios
• Highly qualified staff who receive ongoing education
All of our after school programs provide a range of activities including:
• Homework help
• Structured academic enrichment activities
• Indoor/outdoor physical play
• Hands-on engaging activity centers for students to explore
• Healthy snack
The YMCA is committed to serving ALL children. If your child has any special needs or will need special accommodations while in our care, please contact your local Y prior to starting the registration process. This meeting is important to ensure that site staff is equip with the necessary information and skills needed to support your child.
Have more questions? Check out our FAQs (coming soon!) or contact your local Y center.