Babysitting & Child Care Training

The American Red Cross is the nation’s leader in babysitting classes and child care training – and will prepare you to be the best sitter in your neighborhood. In fact, 8 in 10 surveyed parents said they would pay more for a trained babysitter who holds Red Cross babysitter certifications. Start your babysitting business on the right foot and learn how to be a safe, professional and reliable sitter. You can also opt to get certified in First Aid and CPR/AED (good for two years). With online and classroom options for all ages, The American Red Cross offers child care education that's not only convenient, but valuable to you, and the families you care for. Certification classes include a free digital certificate, valid for 2 years, plus free access to digital learning materials.

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Babysitting Basics Online
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Babysitter's Training
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Advanced Child Care Training


Why Train with Red Cross - CPR Training Saves Lives

Reid Heiser, Life Saver

One week after 17-year-old Reid completed his Red Cross CPR training, he needed to use it. In November 2011, Reid saved the life of Jim Hammer after he collapsed at the recreation center where Reid worked. Now friends, they share their story.

Red Cross Training Matters.

For more than a century, we've prepared families and individuals, as well as healthcare workers, like CNAs and EMTs, to respond to emergencies of all sizes. Join the millions we train every year and learn the skills that can save a life.

"Without my friend's training, I would not be here" - watch Bre Dumke's story

"I'm really glad she survived that" - watch the Snyder Family's story



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The American Red Cross makes babysitting and child care certification fast, simple and easy. With Red Cross Digital Certificates you get anytime, anywhere access to your certificates; plus print, share, and download wherever and whenever you like. Digital certificates can be viewed, printed or shared online and can be accessed anytime through your Red Cross Account. Each certificate includes a unique ID and a QR code which meets employment requirements and allows employers to easily confirm your certificate is valid. Class participants and employers can visit and enter the ID found on the digital certificate (or scan the QR code with a standard QR reader using a smart device) to access a copy of the valid certificate with student training information.

Click here for instructions on accessing your Red Cross child care certificate.

Red Cross Babysitting Classes & Child Care Training

Because children have their own unique needs, we've developed several online babysitting and child care classes that cover everything understanding and managing behaviors to choosing age appropriate activities. Created by the experts, and with real-world scenarios in mind, our classes deliver helpful, simple-to-use tips, advice and information that will make caring for children of any age easier. In addition, we offer a wide range of CPR and First-Aid classes that can help you provide appropriate care when faced with an emergency. For more information on the classes available in your area, visit