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Red Cross Offers Babysitter’s Training Nov. 16 in Cortland

CORTLAND, N.Y. (Nov. 6, 2013) — The American Red Cross of Cortland County will host a Babysitter’s Training class for youth ages 11 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Red Cross office at 50 Clinton Ave., Cortland.

Babysitting is often a teenager’s first business. Babysitter’s Training from the American Red Cross builds confidence to hold, feed, and care for infants and toddlers, work with children safely, and deal with emergencies. It also teaches lifelong entrepreneurial and career development skills.

The fun, fast-paced class includes hands-on activities, videos, role-plays, take-home training materials, and discussion that will teach the teenager how to:

• Perform basic child-care skills such as diapering and feeding.

• Choose age-appropriate games and toys.

• Handle bedtime and disciplinary issues.

• Identify safety hazards and prevent injuries, and care for common injuries and emergencies.

• Communicate effectively with parents.

• Find and interview for babysitting jobs.

The cost of the class is $85.00, which includes a Babysitter’s Training Certificate from the American Red Cross, handbook and CD ROM. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To register, call 1-800-733-2767, or visit

For Business Owners:

The American Red Cross is offering special holiday discounts for employers who want to provide OSHA-compliant health and safety training at their workplace. Businesses can choose between a 20 percent discount on First Aid and CPR/AED training, or up to $400 off AEDs and AED accessories. The offers expire Dec. 31, and training must be completed by Jan. 31. For more information, contact Maleka Burnette at 404-867-5309 or (reference coupon code HOLIDAY 1213).