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Red Cross offers babysitting training for teens on Columbus Day

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The American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region (ARCNENY) is highlighting its babysitter's training by offering a day-long course for students between the ages of 11 and 15 at Red Cross chapters throughout the region on Columbus Day - Monday, October 8, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be a fee of $85.00 for the course, which includes material costs.

Babysitting is often a teenager's first business. The Babysitter's Training course from the American Red Cross teaches young people how to care for infants and children, handle emergencies such as injuries and accidents, stay safe, recognize safety and hygiene issues, and communicate with parents. Just as importantly, it teaches lifelong entrepreneurial and career development skills.

"The feedback I get from the class is very positive; students in the class want to be there and are motivated to learn," said Peggy O'Conner Sullivan, American Red Cross instructor. "Parents will stop me years after their child has taken my class, to tell me how much they enjoyed the course, and how successful they have been at babysitting."

During the course, instructors will be covering many important life skills. Those enrolled in this course can be expected to learn:

  • Leadership training
  • The business of babysitting, including how to set your pricing
  • Understanding and caring for kids from 0 to 10
  • Safety skills: picking up, holding, feeding, and diapering infants and toddlers
  • First Aid
  • Résumé building and interviewing tips
  • The course provides students with materials that are useful both in class and when they start babysitting; including a compact emergency reference guide, an interactive CD-ROM featuring an activity booklet with games, songs, recipes and other activities, and an electronic babysitting client organizer..

    This Columbus Day, the babysitting course will be offered at ARCNENY chapters based in Albany, Glens Falls and Poughkeepsie. For more information or to register, visit

    Last year more than 125,000 youth enrolled in approximately 12,000 American Red Cross Babysitters Training Courses. Certified instructors have been teaching these essential skills to young people for more than 30 years.