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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: The mission of Safe Sitter is to provide life skills, safety skills, and child care training to all youth in order to build safer communities.

Programs: Safe Sitter equips young teens in grades 6-8 with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need to be safe when home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Each year almost 35,000 young teens take a Safe Sitter course to learn first aid, rescue skills, behavior management techniques, and life skills necessary for handling medical, behavioral, or household emergencies. There have been over 175 documented cases of lives saved by Safe Sitter graduates using their knowledge and skills. Nearly 900 community-minded organizations across the country have become Registered Safe Sitter Teaching Sites, and all sites utilize only Safe Sitter trained Instructors for student instruction thus ensuring high quality and compliance with teaching methodologies. There are over 4,000 Safe Sitter Instructors.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a registered nurse. I am also AHA certified and have been a safe-sitter instructor for over 10 years. Safe sitter offers so much practical advice for our youth! I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching students how to "stay safe, stay calm and provide comfort". Students learn behavior management tips, how to screen an employer, how to preform basis first aid, how to decide if they can handle a problem or if they need to contact a back up adult or call 911. We also teach life saving skill such as, how to preform the choking maneuver and CPR on both infants and children. It is such a wonderful experience to empower students! To watch them demonstrate the skills they have learned on a manikin and to see the confidence in their faces when asked "do you think you could do this in real life"? Safe-sitter is a must, not only for future babysitters, but also if your child is old enough to stay at home alone.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been teaching Safe-Sitter at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio for about five years.
I work in the Lab and I also have my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Safe sitter does a great job of teaching young people how to care for young children using methods that are developmentally appropriate. It teaches them how to be responsible for themselves and the children they care for. It is an excellent way to help these young people be more self reliant and confident that they can handle any situation that may arise. They learn how to keep themselves and those they care for safe. And they have fun doing it!
It is wonderful to see how their confidence grows in the short time we are together. They
are empowered simply by having all the information they need at their finger tips. When
they have completed the class they know what they can handle themselves, when they
need some adult assistance, and when they need professional help from 911. This program
definitely has the potential to SAVE LIVES and enrich them. I am proud to be part of the Safe Sitter program.
Valerie Davis

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Offering Safe Sitter class to the youth in your community is a great way to promote independent thinking, build self esteem, teach valuable life skills and have a lot of fun with this age group! The curriculum is easy to follow and lends itself to important discussions. Getting down on the floor with these kids for roll playing, diaper changing instruction, playing games, or learning first aid techniques is just a wonderful way to interact and get this information across to them. I highly recommend this course to both instructors and parents. I wish I had taken this course before I had begun my babysitting journey.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've taught the SafeSitter class for 3 years now and it is FANTASTIC. There are interactive games to play with the students, the SafeSitter student handbook is colorful and well organized, and the overall class is very engaging. I've taught other babysitting courses where students watched several hours of video and it was all I could do to keep them awake. As a health educator, I've written and presented many public health programs and SafeSitter meets all of the best practices I use as an educator.

I've also been very impressed with the customer service from SafeSitter and if I have an issue or any questions they have always responded within 24 hours (most of the time within 12 hours). The staff is knowledgeable and the marketing support for the program is great. Thank you SafeSitter! I'm excited for another year of teaching and to try out the updated curriculum!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an educator with a Fire Department. One of our programs we present is Safe Sitters. What a fantastic program which evolves and changes with the times - the up to date information the students receive is a focus which I appreciate.
How the students are educated with repetition, role playing, and reading out loud shows how knowledgable the program creators are in how to teach and have students retain. The train the trainer videos are complete and I generally do not have questions, when I do, I can easily find answers on the Safe Sitters website.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an instructor in the Safe Sitter program since around 1998. It has been a most enjoyable and rewarding expereince. We have served adolescents ages 11 - 13 in our community every summer for over 20 years--even before I joined our community hospital. Young people at this age are very inquisitive and, for the most part, eager to learn. The content of the course is very good information to have at this time in their lives. Actually, it's good information for anyone to have. As the Safe Sitter motto says--"Better Sitters Today, Better Parents Tomorrow."

1 Roy_8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is with pleasure and honor that I recommend Safe Sitter for the “Great Non-profits”. It has been a great experience working with Safe Sitter Inc. We are a Volunteer Fire Department and wanted to add Safe Sitter to our Injury Prevention Programs. We contacted Safe Sitter and they were an excellent resource in helping us get out program up and running. We were able to get our staff certified to teach the program at our pace with a lot of assistance from Safe Sitter Inc. We have taught a couple of classes in our local area and the participants have had grave reviews about the program. One of the best reviews I heard was when asked what you would change about the program, the answer given was “Nothing it was perfect the way it is”. On behalf of the Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department Inc. I would like to say thank you to Safe Sitter Inc. and would highly recommend them for the “Great Non-Profits”.

Roy L. Hunter
Assistant EMS Chief
Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department Inc.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We use SafeSitter to teach our community babysitting class and we're very impressed with the content and layout of their curriculum. It's fun, colorful, interactive, and the kids are really engaged in the learning.

They've also made ordering additional materials, submitting rosters, and accessing the online instructor materials very easy and convenient. The customer service is amazing and any issues or questions I have are usually resolved within the day (if not in a few hours)!

Barbara175

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Safe Sitter for over 20 years as the coordinator of a Safe Sitter site. The program is well designed to engage children's interest and attention for the training. The evaluations of the kids are enthusiastic and they are excited about learning how to take care of children. We now have former Safe Sitters teaching as volunteers. The organization is responsive and professional. They provide comprehensive training and support to their sites, reaching out to organizations to spread the word and teach as many students as possible. It's a valuable service to every community to help students become responsible sitters (and future parents!)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Sitter is an excellent program for boys or girls to attend. Even if they never baby sit all the material presented is medically accurate and they are learning life skills. The skills learned are important in every aspect of life from learning how to make positive first impression to how how to call 911 and preform CPR and clear the airway of a choking child. I recommend this program to every one I meet with children as soon as they reach the required age.

Sharon105

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had taught Safe Sitter in my previous hospital since my daughter was old enough to attend the class. (She's 28 and mom herself now) When I changed facilities I brought the program into my new hospital. I found 2 other nurses who were now not just parents but new grandparents as well as a Respiratory Therapist to help me kick off the program. We are so excited to offer this course to our service area. Not only are we able to offer life-saving skills to these kids but it enables us to reach out to their parents in a positive way and market our hospital to them. I found Safe Sitter has continuously kept the curriculum current with new trends such as social media and cell phone usage but always encouraging the students and instructors to have fun while learning.
All the support staff are very responsive and helpful. Their resources seem endless and ever improving. They listen to what the kids and the instructors say about the course and continuously improve it.
I'm proud to say I am a Safe Sitter instructor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a RN and we just implemented the Safe Sitter class at my facility and I could not be more excited about it. We have received an outpouring of requests for this course. Its reputation precedes itself and many parents took the course when they were young and now are sending a second generation for this most important training. The kids are so excited about learning how to save a life and if I can make a difference in even one child’s life then I am upholding the mission of this program. As a nurse and a mother I want all babysitters to be prepared for the worst but also HAVE FUN. I would feel more comfortable entrusting my child’s life to a Safe Sitter and hope to train many more to come! The staff that run the program are extremely helpful and responsive. They are willing to assist in any way possible to ensure that the program continues to reach the community. What an awesome program!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Nurse Practitioner and this is my first year being involved with the instruction of the Safe Sitter Program. With reviewing the course content I became excited to help students learn how to be a Safe Sitter. The program keeps the students engaged with real life information. Students are provided with the knowledge to keep both the children they are watching and themselves safe! This is an excellent program that I am proud to be a part of.

Jaci F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I introduced Safe Sitter to our rural community through my family practice. I am so impressed with this program! It provides a great foundation for the basics of child care and choking rescue, but also teaches the sitter personal safety skills they can apply to other circumstances they might encounter. I especially like the way Safe Sitter encourages the children to seek the help of adults, either a designated individual or the EMS system, while providing skills to act on their own as well. It is a great model for adults and children working together, and for youth development. The children's reviews of the program are very positive. We invite the Sheriff or the EMS director to the closing ceremonies to commend the children for learning to be Safe Sitters, and to make the EMS system have a face for them. The support staff at Safe Sitter is accessible, friendly and helpful. A great nonprofit I highly recommend!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an RN and have been a Safe Sitter instructor for 14 years at the facility where I am Education Coordinator. Safe Sitter classes is one of the highlights of the year for us (instructors). I often tell parents of prospective students about not just the life-saving skills that our students learn, but about the "life" skills we teach. Two of our graduates have been instrumental in saving a younger sibling from choking, so that in itself makes everything we do worthwhile. I am such a believer in the program that I am making plans to have a grandson who lives out of state come and stay with me this year so he can attend our classes. All 11-13 year olds would benefit from taking this course.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a privilege to share the Safe Sitter program with our young adults in our community. Safe Sitter provides continuous, professional, evidence based education supporting the baby sitting curriculum.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I thought that a babysitting certification course would help our local, church-owned camp. I called another organization to determine the teacher certification and was told about the many pre-requisites and the perhaps 2-year time-delay, I found the Safe Sitter website. It was perfect! The curriculum partnered with my AHA first aid/cpr/aed teaching certifications and allowed up to people to be trained in one session - by video! The staff could not have been more supportive, and the materials are up to date and attractive. Best of all, the related costs are low enough to be cost-effective for us.
We have added Safe Sitter certification to our summer camp line ups. Campers spend 3-4 hours a day in Safe Sitter classes and also get to swim, do crafts (some SS related), and other camp-y activities. At the end of the week, we have a graduation, and they are ready to start their own businesses. We find that the camp schedule gives us more time to add even more information as well as certify the campers in CPR/First Aid/AED and give them more leadership skills. A win-win!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an Emergency Room Nurse and Safe Sitter Insructor I see the value of the Safe Sitter curiculum on a regular basis. Preventing injury and avoiding unsafe situations are so relevant in our environment today.
It is a pleasure to teach Safe Sitter!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Sitter collaborates well with Woman's Foundations, Inc. This organization serves great purpose to our community and gives children the opportunity to learn so much about babysitting and more! Their friendly staff makes my job as a site coordinator fun, easy, and manageable. I love working with Safe Sitter, and I look forward to the future!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a nurse and I work in the education department of our local hospital. We have been a Safe Sitter site for about 20 years. We have graduated a lot of safe sitters through the years. We offer classes at our hospital in the summers and we have recently started teaching a class at a local school. The teens enjoy the interactive activities and they are so proud of themselves when they graduate from a class. The parents love that their child has learned lifesaving skills as well as lifelong skills. Employers love that they have a skilled and knowledgeable teen left in charge of their children. We hear from parents after every class about how much their child enjoyed the Safe Sitter class. They are also amazed at the skills the teens have learned. It's a great program that teaches kids things that they will use their entire life.