Seventeen years ago on September 22, 1995, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital became a Safe Sitter teaching site. To date, Memorial has certified 1,230 Safe Sitters in the Yakima Valley and additionally family members visiting in the summertime coming from as far as Japan and Florida in 2012.
Safe Sitter is a medically accurate, competency-based, highly structured babysitting preparation course designed for young adolescents. Safe Sitter’s mission prepares young adolescents for the profound responsibilities of nurturing and protecting children.
Safe Sitter teaches choking infant/child rescue and CPR, injury prevention and injury management, safety for the sitter, child care essentials, behavior management, and babysitting as a business. Across the country there have been 150 documented cases of lives saved by Safe Sitter graduates.
This summer, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Certified 95 Safe Sitters ages 11-13. Twenty of those certified were children of Memorial’s Family of Service employees. Classes fill up quickly; we hope to offer 6 more classes next summer and additionally classes for families with a greater need.
“I want to take this class because people have already asked me to babysit and I am still not sure how to prevent injuries or perform CPR. I will use the skills I learn while taking care of little kids.” Addison Archibald, Safe Sitter 2012