The South Mountain YMCA will be offering an American Red Cross Babysitting Training Course for children ages 11 - 15 on Monday February 15th, when the school District is closed for President's Day.

This very popular course will give participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to care for infants and school-age children. The Babysitting Course Training is done under the guidelines of the American Red Cross and consists of videos, activities, and hands-on skill training as well as detailed discussions. The course teaches how to respond to emergencies, illnesses, provide first-aid, rescue breathing, appropriate care of children, decision-making skills, and child development. Textbooks, snacks and lunch will be provided. Each individual will receive an American Red Cross Babysitting Certification Card upon completion. This Course is open to members as well as non-members. For more information or to register please visit the YMCA website at, or call (973) 762-4145.

In addition to the February 15th training course, the South Mountain YMCA offers babysitting events for their members once a month on Saturday evenings. All certified babysitters are encouraged to volunteer to gain babysitting experience for their resume and have their name added to the YMCA's Babysitting Referral List for interested parents. There is always a need for babysitters and future YMCA staff. This course will help prepare you for both.

The YMCA is the local charity of choice. Financial assistance is available because at the South Mountain YMCA no one is turned away due to their inability to pay.

Changing lives in changing times the South Mountain YMCA is here for you. For more information about the South Mountain YMCA or its American Red Cross Babysitting Training Course, please call (973) 762-4145 or visit 

The South Mountain YMCA is a branch of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, which is the largest YMCA in the State of New Jersey, serving over 146,000 members and program participants annually. Its mission is to enrich the lives of the children, families and communities it serves, through programs that build spirit, mind and body, welcoming all people, in an environment nurturing positive values. Its five branch facilities, located in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hardyston and Stillwater, provide a wide variety of services and activities:

• Quality all-day and after-school childcare, pre-school classes, recreational and enrichment programs e.g. swimming and other sports, arts, computer activities and day and sleep-away camps.

• Programs for adolescents and teens that include sports, parties and club activities.

• Programs for adults and seniors.