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Red Cross North Jersey Region Offers Babysitter’s Training in Westfield on President’s Day

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PRINCETON, NJ, January 16, 2013 - The American Red Cross will be holding Babysitter’s Training courses on Monday, February 18, 2013 at six locations in the northern half of the state. The course, designed for youth ages 11 to 15, will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on President’s Day at the following Red Cross locations:

707 Alexander Road in Princeton

14 West Cliff Street in Somerville

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321 Elm Street in Westfield

209 Fairfield Road in Fairfield

74 Godwin Avenue in Ridgewood

93 Spring Street in Newton

Used to train and certify over 120,000 babysitters nationwide each year, the course teaches young people how to supervise children and infants and perform basic child-care skills such as diapering, feeding and dressing. The course also teaches how to identify safety hazards and prevent injuries, care for common injuries such as burns, cuts and bee stings and how to find and interview for babysitting jobs.

“Parents look to hire trained babysitters who know how to provide proper child care and handle emergency situations,” says Kenneth Salvatore with American Red Cross Preparedness, Health & Safety Services. ”Babysitter’s Training uses hands-on activities, exciting video and role-plays to help participants learn how to be responsible babysitters.”

As a part of the $85 course fee, participants receive the Babysitter’s Training Handbook containing information to use in class and on the job; an Emergency Reference Guide providing step-by-step instructions to handle common emergencies; a CD-ROM including tools such as a printable activity booklet with games, songs and recipes, a resume template and more.

To register for this or any upcoming Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course, visit www.redcross.org and select “Take a Class” or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Space is limited so please register early to reserve a seat. Attendees should pack a lunch for the all day class.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross North Jersey Region
The American Red Cross North Jersey Region provides programs and services throughout the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren, with a combined population of 5.7 million. The region trains and mobilizes more than 4,500 volunteers who support the delivery of services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 419 local disasters, helping 929 families displaced by home fires; collected more than 28,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; helped 884 military families send emergency messages, receive financial assistance, and get counseling and referrals; and trained 143,344 individuals with life-saving skills in CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. Follow the North Jersey Region social media channels

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