Dallas County Hospital will offer Safe Sitter courses for young teens 11 -15 in various locations in Dallas County throughout the month of June. The cost of the course is $5 which includes a handbook and boxed lunch. The first class will take place on June 10 from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Woodward-Granger Middle School in Woodward, Iowa, followed by a class on June 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Adel Public Library in Adel. Another class is scheduled for Monday, June 17 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Raccoon Valley Bank Community Room in Dallas Center, with the final class scheduled for Friday, June 21 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Dallas County Hospital Community Room in Perry, Iowa.

Over 500,000 adolescent babysitters have graduated from the medically-accurate program which instills students with confidence as they learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. The up-to-date curriculum provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques designed to prepare babysitters to act in an emergency. Babysitters also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run their own babysitting business. They also learn basic first aid as well as how to perform infant and child choking rescue. They even learn CPR. To graduate from the Safe Sitter course and receive a completion card, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test that indicates their mastery of key concepts and life and safety skills. To register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter visit us online at www.dallascohospital.org/safesitter.cfm, or call Sally Swenson at 515.465.7512. Space is limited. Pre-Registration is required. For more information about the Safe Sitter organization, contact National Headquarters at 800-255-4089 or visit www.safesitter.org.