Safe Sitter® began because of a tragedy: the accidental death of a nurse’s young child while in the care of an adult babysitter.

Patricia A. Keener, M.D. recognized the vulnerability of young children when cared for by unprepared providers, so she created a program to teach young teens how to be better, safer babysitters. For more than 35 years, Safe Sitter® has been a leader in providing life skills, safety skills, and child care training for youth. Now a national nonprofit organization with over 900 Registered Teaching Sites in all 50 states, Safe Sitter® continues to help build safer communities by providing youth with the skills they need to be safe while home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting.

Offer Safe Sitter® classes in your community! Safe Sitter® is a turn-key program that is easy to add to your existing offerings, and the medically accurate course content follows guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.

The mission of Safe Sitter® is to provide life skills, safety skills, and child care training to all youth in order to build safer communities.

Every child should be safe.

Course content includes:

  • Safety Skills: Indoor safety, outdoor safety, online safety, and personal safety.
  • Child Care Skills: Child development, child care routines (including diapering practice), and behavior management.
  • First Aid & Rescue Skills: Injury prevention, injury management, and choking rescue. CPR is an optional component.
  • Life & Business Skills: Screening jobs, setting fees, and greeting employers.