GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 7, 2014 — For those planning a “staycation” for spring break, the American Red Cross is offering Babysitter’s Training courses. The class is designed for youth between 11 and 15 years old to learn the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants.
The American Red Cross of West Michigan will be offering courses from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the following locations:
Tuesday, April 8
True North Community Services
6308 S. Warner Ave.; Fremont
Wednesday, April 9; Thursday, April 10; & Saturday, April 12
American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids
1050 Fuller Ave. NE; Grand Rapids
The course costs $85, and includes lessons on basic care for children and infants, how to develop a babysitting business, basic health and safety for children, first aid, basic child behavior knowledge and leadership development. Students are encouraged to bring snacks and pack a lunch.
For those who would like to learn more about babysitting, but have busy schedules, the Red Cross also has an online course called Babysitting Basics, which is $25 and can be taken at any time.
Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcross.org/takeaclass to view babysitting classes offered by location and register online. Scholarships are available in select areas. To apply, contact Michelle Hibbard at Michelle.Hibbard@redcross.org or call 810-766-6465. Standard turnaround time for scholarships is approximately 48 hours.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at .