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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

23 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.

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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.

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!)

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a nurse and a Safe Sitter instructor. I think that Safe Sitter is a wonderful program that helps children become more confident in their childcare and emergency skills. It also helps build self confidence and promotes better communication skills while teaching about the importance of responsibility. The information is well organized, easy to teach, and presented in a fun manner. The Safe Sitter website is also very user friendly and their staff responds to questions in a timely manner.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Boise, Idaho, has been offering the Safe Sitter Program in our community since 2005. As the Site Coordinator and an instructor, it is important being a Children’s Hospital that the program we offer is evidence-based, fun to teach and fun for the participants. We offer monthly classes and it’s not uncommon that our classes are full two months in advance, resulting in us offering more. We are frequently asked to bring this fun class to our outreach rural communities. In 2012 we taught over 250 class participants how to properly care for children and have fun in the process. To date in 2013 we have taught over 300 young people and we are only half way through the year! I never lack for instructors for teaching this class. It helps to bring out the child in all of us!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Sitter has been a valuable program in the Yakima Valley. In 2012 we educated 95 with the Safe Sitter curriculum, with popular demand we have educated 127 so far in 2013. Thank you Safe Sitter you are helping us save lives in our community.

Kate Sansom

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been teaching Safe Sitter for almost 10 years. What an incredible program for young people to attend, whether or not they plan to babyist! I have a background in childcare as well as emergency medical services and I honestly believe that Safe Sitter covers EVERYTHING a babysitter may face.
I will definitely have my two boys attend the course when they are of age and I encourage all of my friends and family members to send their children when they are between 11-13 years old.
Love Safe Sitter!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a site coordinator for safe sitter and also a safe sitter instructor. This is a very well run program and they are very willing to do what needs to be done to help teaching sites.
Their materials are top quality and the student participants love the program.
I always enjoy reading the students comments at the end of class.
How this make make them better baby sitters now but better parents in the future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the director of a community wellness program at a Children's Hospital. We have worked with Safe Sitter for over 25 years and have always been impressed with the quality of the materials, the support for our program and the professionalism of the trainers. Every year we host an instructor training with national trainers coming in to conduct the workshops. Safe Sitter is so well organized that we always have the materials ahead of time with a trainer who is personable and well prepared.
The response of the community to this program is overwhelming as we now have young adults who were trained as Safe Sitters now teaching the program as instructors. We feel it offers the most comprehensive and age appropriate model for helping kids learn how to care for young children and hopefully prepare them for parenting. As soon as we put the summer schedule of classes out, the classes begin to fill. The quality of the program makes it sell itself. We are proud to be a Safe Sitter site.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Master's-prepared Nursing educator who recently had the privilege of becoming a Safe Sitter instructor. Last month I participated in teaching the 2 classes offered by my Hospital's Education Department. We trained a total of 45 teenagers to become "Safe Sitters". Prior to this opportunity, I had not heard of "Safe Sitters". What an absolutely outstanding program!! It has been so well-received in our community, and we continue to receive calls asking for another class. The feedback from the students was also very positive! One zealous student wrote "this should last for a week and all teenagers should take it". They particularily liked learning CPR and how to use an AED. They all indicated that they felt better prepared to take on the responsibility of becoming a "bodyguard" for those who were entrusted to their care! I give this program highest marks. What an awesome public service!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our organization has been teaching Safe Sitter for 18 years. I've been teaching classes for over 4 years. Safe Sitter is an exceptional resource for teaching kids some very important skills; not only for baby sitting, but for life. We always recieve very positive feedback from the kids and they leave the class excited about what they have learned. Safe Sitter is a great confidence builder for kids as it teaches them how to act in the event they experience difficult situations.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a Safe Sitter instructor for over 15 years and have taught 1000's of students the skils and information provided by this incredible program. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the individuals who work at Safe Sitter INC or the quality program they produce. It is the BEST community program offered by our fire department and continues to fill up each and every time we offer the class.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vermont, has been a Safe Sitter teaching site for over 15 years. We provide 15-20 classes per year both on-site and at local schools & Rec. Centers.

We are very happy to be able to offer Safe Sitter. Students are learning important life skills and having fun as they learn. It is so popular in our area that we rarely have to advertise to fill our classes. Children come from all over the state (and even from other states) to attend our courses.

Safe Sitter's curriculum is medically accurate, overseen by a physician and registered nurses are on staff and able to answer any questions that may arise.

All of the staff at Safe Sitter are kind, enthusiastic and very responsive to the needs of their teaching sites.

We feel fortunate and proud to be part of the Safe Sitter organization and encourage anyone considering establishing a site in an area that does not currently have a site to do so!

Susan Lebel, RN, Community Educator, Rutland Regional Medical Center

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a National Trainer for this organization and I teach new instructors how to teach this course. In the past year, we have completely revamped our curriculum to better reflect society at this time. We have added more technology info etc..., however the core principles and values have never wavered from what they originally were in 1980. I find that to be the most beneficial part of this organization- it holds firmly to it's values and it's mission even though society changes around it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Safe Sitter is a medically accurate and comprehensive curriculum that teaches sitter safety, along with life and parenting skills. It is a critical growth step in the life of the target students (pre adolescents) and a major asset to the community.