Red Cross Offers New Advanced Child Care Training

PRINCETON, NJ, May 7, 2014 — The American Red Cross is now offering Advanced Child Care Training, a course for people 16 years and older who are or plan to become nannies, sought-after babysitters or who are caring for children for the first time in a residential setting. 

“Parents often have a tough time finding good child care, and the Red Cross makes it easier to spot the best sitters,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “The new Red Cross Advanced Child Care Training course helps people become the best sitter they can by teaching exactly what to do in emergencies and typical child care situations.”

This Red Cross course enables people to learn while having fun by blending tried-and-true information with digital learning techniques. Participants will learn the most common child care routines and behavior along with safety inside and outside of the house. The course also includes Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED training and certification. 

Other features of the training include:

-  24/7 access to the self-paced, online training portion

-  Hands-on skills training and assessment

-  A resource center with downloadable skill sheets on child care subjects, lesson summaries, fact sheets, templates for résumés and business cards,     administrative forms and age‐appropriate activity ideas

The course, a good fit for interested college students, will be offered on the following dates in May:

Tuesday, May 27th

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

American Red Cross, 14 West Cliff Street, Somerville, NJ

Thursday, May 29th

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

American Red Cross, 209 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ

People who would like to sign up for the program should visit redcross.org/childcare for more information. The course is eight and a half hours and costs $129. It combines two hours of self-paced online learning and six and a half hours of in-person training and skills testing. Upon completion, participants will receive a two-year certification in both Advanced Child Care Training and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.  

Advanced Child Care Training is not a licensing program and does not meet all state requirements for child care centers or day care providers.

About the American Red Cross

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 redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region 

The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 3,000 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 485 local home fires, helping 1,269 displaced families; collected more than 26,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 1,985 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 79,341 individuals with lifesaving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region on Twitter @RedCrossNorthNJ.

Contacts:  

American Red Cross - North Jersey Region

Diane Concannon, 609-206-4043 (cell)

Diane.Concannon@redcross.org

Erica Viviani, 973-309-3479 (cell)

Erica.Viviani@redcross.org