Common Questions Potential Registered Providers Ask 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there other Registered Providers in my area?

Safe Sitter® is offered in over 850 organizations in the United States and Canada. Find a Registered Provider near you.

What are the benefits of Safe Sitter®? 

Benefits for Students

  • Students are equipped: they learn rescue skills, basic first aid, nurturing and safe child care, and personal safety.
  • Students gain confidence because the class environment is supportive and student-centered.
  • Students learn important life skills such as leadership and decision-making.
  • Students have fun!

Benefits for Registered Providers

  • You will increase the number of young teens providing safe child care.
  • You will increase the personal safety of teen sitters and those in their care.
  • You can take advantage of Safe Sitter’s name recognition and national media attention.
  • Safe Sitter® can serve as a marketing tool for young teens and their parents.

Benefits for Instructors

  • It’s fun to teach – Safe Sitter® is interactive with games and role-plays. The ratio of 6-8 students to one Instructor allows you to get to know the students.
  • It’s easy to teach – Safe Sitter® is a structured course with a comprehensive and easy-to-understand Instructor Manual.
  • It’s rewarding – Instructors become role models to students. The well-designed program leaves students feeling a sense of accomplishment.
  • Sara Ross, M.D., serves as the Medical Director and assures that the course is medically accurate.

Who is eligible to register as a Safe Sitter® Registered Provider?

A wide variety of community-minded individuals and organizations can offer Safe Sitter®. Safe Sitter® is often taught at hospitals; youth-serving organizations such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and YMCAs; schools; service clubs; churches and other faith-based organizations; fire departments; health departments; camps; parks and recreation departments; libraries; and more.

Members of approved associations (e.g. American Heart Association, American Association of School Librarians, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, National Association of School Nurses, or National Education Association) can become an Independent Instructor.

Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and legal entities such as a C-Corporation, S-Corporation, LLC, LLP, or Partnership may become either a Teaching Site or a Teaching Center. Please note that sole proprietors may not become Teaching Sites or Teaching Centers. Learn more about Registered Provider options.

How much does it cost to teach a class?

Registered Providers establish and collect their own student fees, and set their fees considering supplies, orders, Instructor costs, and income level of the community served.

How much should we charge students to take a class?

Safe Sitter® is a valuable, high-quality experience. We encourage you to charge fees that are reasonable for the families your organization serves. Providers frequently charge $35-$75 per student for a single-day class.

Are there ways to control costs?

Collaborate with another organization in your community to control costs and expand your outreach. For example, a hospital could teach at a nearby school. The school would handle recruitment and registration. The hospital would do the teaching and, as the Registered Safe Sitter® Provider, remain responsible for assuring that all Safe Sitter® policies are followed.

If you’re a not-for-profit hospital, check with your administration about including the costs of offering Safe Sitter® in your hospital’s required Community Benefit Plan.

Can anyone be a Safe Sitter® Instructor?

There are some basic qualifications to become a Safe Sitter® Instructor. Learn more about Instructor training.

How are Safe Sitter® Instructors trained?

We offer two options for Instructor training to meet your needs: Online Training and Workshop Training.

Safe Sitter

Founded in 1980, Safe Sitter® is the only national nonprofit training program exclusively devoted to preparing young teens in grades 6-8 to be safe in unsupervised settings, whether home alone, sibling sitting or babysitting.