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Course Teaches Military Kids to be Responsible Babysitters

Springfield--A free babysitter "boot camp" for military youths will be held Nov. 17 in Springfield.

The one-day course, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Howard Dean Education Center, 307 South St., Room E-207, is offered through University of Vermont Extension's Operation: Military Kids (OMK) program. It is open to anyone, ages 12 to 16, with a parent or guardian in the military. Lunch and snacks are included.

Prospective babysitters will gain the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for babies and young children, including younger siblings. They will learn about the stages of child development, how to entertain children of all ages, basic first aid, CPR, safety and the business side of babysitting. The latter will focus on how to land jobs and confidently handle interviews with parents who are looking for a babysitter.

Registrations will be accepted until Nov. 12 at (802) 656-0346. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please contact Stephanie Atwood, OMK coordinator, at this number by Nov. 2.

The curriculum was developed by Army Child and Youth Services (CYSS) in cooperation with National 4-H. Upon completion of the training, youths will receive a 4-H/Army CYSS babysitter training graduate certificate.

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