Minooka and Channahon Fire Protection Districts have become a Registered Safe Sitter Teaching Site and offers the comprehensive babysitting training program for young adolescents ages 11 to 15 years old. Over 650,000 graduates have completed the course at hundreds of cities across the country. Graduates are able to handle emergencies when caring for younger children and are equally equipped with tools needed to stay home alone safely.
Injuries are the leading cause of death in children up to age 5. Safe Sitter is a well-rounded youth development program with a medical basis that aims to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by young teen babysitters. The program follows American Heart Association standards for rescue skills as well as instruction in first aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Students who complete the Safe Sitter program gain confidence and learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. They are taught infant and child choking rescue and CPR in this one day course. The will also learn how a child's age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior, how to run their own babysitting business as well as issues of online and cell phone safety.
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.
Minimum students is 6; Maximum students per class is 12.
Class materials, Student Handbook and completion card-- $25.00 for a Minooka/Channahon resident*, $30.00 for a non-resident.
Class materials, Student Handbook, completion card and Safe Sitter Kit (includes flashlight, bandage dispenser, and Safe Sitter Important Numbers note pad)-- $35.00 for a Minooka/Channahon resident*, or $40.00 for a non-resident.
*Minooka/Channahon resident is defined as a resident that
lives within the Fire Protection
Districts, NOT School District.
White Safe Sitter T-shirts can also be purchased (not required for class) for an additional $20.00. Adults sizes only, Small through X-Large.
Please download and fill out the Babysitting Class registration
form. Bring the completed registration form and the non-refundable payment by registration deadline (for the March 20th and June 16th class) to the Minooka Fire Protection District, Station #1, 7901 E. Minooka Rd., Minooka -or- (for the June 9th class) to Channahon Fire Protection District Station #1, 24929 S. Center St., Channahon. The Administration office is open Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm. Registration forms and payments will not be
accepted via mail, after 4pm or on weekends. Phone calls for
pre-registration will not be accepted. Class placement is on a first
come, first serve basis. Maximum students per class is
12. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator
at (815) 467-5637 ext. 112. Class starts promptly at 8am.
Please plan to arrive approximately 5-10 minutes early to sign in.
March 31st (Friday) Minooka Fire Station #1 8am-3pm Registraion deadline: March 20th, 4pm
June 9th (Friday) Channahon Fire Station #1 8am-3pm Registration deadline: Class is full
June 16th (Friday) Minooka Fire Station #1 8am-3pm Registration deadline: Class is full
Note to Boy/Girl Scout Leaders: This class can also help your scouts earn a badge! Call for more information and set up a special day for your troop. For an additional $1.50 per student, they will get the Safe Sitter Scout Badge.