Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps. was recently registered as a nationally recognized Safe Sitter® Teaching Site. With this accreditation, CPHM will now be able to offer the Safe Sitter® courses which focuses on life skills, safety skills, and child care training for youth.

CPHM has been offering a babysitter preparedness and safety course for many years, but have recently sought out a more robust and sophisticated curriculum. They found exactly that in Safe Sitter® which is a medically accurate course following guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association. The course was especially developed for students grades 6th-8th and teaches Safety Skills, Child Care Skills, First Aid & Rescue Skills as well as Life and Business Skills.

CPHM has choosen to offer an extended program format which includes a more intenstive module on CPR skills, including plently of hands on practice for the students.

“We are so excited about this new curriculum, especially with the opportunity to do age appropriate CPR education.” Says Leah Ferrone, Deputy Director of Community Development at CPHM.

“It’s a goal of ours [CPHM] to create a Heart Safe community and that means Saratoga County residents of all ages will have a working base knowledge of CPR skills and thus strengthen the Chain of Survival in the event of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.” Ferrone continues.

CPHM plans to offer the course on a consistent, monthly basis which will be limited to 12 students per class. Registration will be $20 and will include the Student Handbook as well as a Babysitter Important Information Notepad. The remainder of course and training site costs are funded through CPHM’s annual Community Fund Drive.

“This program not only provides a ton of important safety information, it’s structured in a way that is highly engaging, interactive and a lot of fun!” Says Leah Ferrone, Deputy Director of Community Development at CPHM.

A current roster of both Safe Sitter and American Heart Association courses can be found here.