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University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center has been a Safe Sitter teaching site since 1996Safe Sitter® prepares students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. UM BWMC has been a Safe Sitter teaching site since 1996.

Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who’s choking, and helpful information like what to do if there’s severe weather. The lessons are filled with fun activities and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use CPR manikins to practice CPR and choking rescue.

Safe Sitter course content includes:

  • Safety Skills: Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.
  • Child Care Skills: Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.
  • First Aid & Rescue Skills: Learning skills such as choking rescue and CPR is often students’ favorite part of the class. Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses.
  • Life & Business Skills: The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.

The course is taught by a UM BWMC community health employee and it is held at the medical center in Glen Burnie. The program uses a new 5½-hour curriculum called Safe Sitter® Essentials (formerly known as Safe Sitter® 1-day).

Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. The fee for the class is $50, due at time of registration. Classes are scheduled throughout the year on various dates. To find out when the next class will be held, please view our Calendar of Events and look for “Safe Sitter.” For more information, call UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center's Community Outreach Department at 410-553-8103 or visit Safe Sitter’s web site at