Not all Heroes Wear Capes


Sign up today for our Red Cross Babysitting Class #beahero

You’ll learn the skill necessary to safely and responsibly care for infants and children up to the age of 10. Plus how to make playtime fun with age appropriate games as well as to manage a babysitting business.  It takes about 7 hours to complete and makes learning fun with lots of videos and interactive games.

March classes are available at the following American Red Cross offices :

  • March 8 Green Bay, 2131 Deckner Ave.
  • March 22 Iron Mountain, Michigan, 427 S. Stephenson Ave.

Additional classes and locations available in April and beyond.  Sign up today at for an in-person Babysitting Course or learn from the warmth of your own home with Babysitting Basics an online only course.  You can also register by calling 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) and press Option 3.



Now that we have your attention! Let’s get trained in life-saving skills thanks to our Sheboygan County United Way partnership! All residents can receive free health & safety training. That’s right, from babysitting skills to first aid to even how to perform CPR or use an AED!  No strings attached! You just have to live in Sheboygan County, register (first registered basis) and attend the class by June 30, 2014.

9753338-standardClasses being hosted locally include:

  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED
  • *Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Adult CPR/AED
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • Babysitter’s Training – designed for youth ages 11-13.

Classes are available at the Red Cross building at 2032 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan. For a complete list of courses descriptions, times, requirements, please go to

You can also register by calling 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) and press Option 3.  You must provide the Coupon Code of UWSHEBOYGAN0614 for the course to be complimentary.

If your organization, group or club wants to train a group of people at the same time, please contact terry.roe@redcross.orgor by calling 715-590-4495.

Would you know what to do in this situation?  Click HERE to read this life-saving story!


American Red Cross Offers Discount on Babysitting Courses

Area Youth Can Learn How to Handle Emergencies and Build a Business

Don’t be that type of babysitter from the video. Take one of our Red Cross babysitting courses and learn all of the right skills and safety techniques. Get on your way to earning money this summer.

The American Red Cross is offering a 20 percent discount on babysitting course registrations through the end of July.

Three Red Cross babysitting course options are available for 11- to 15-year-olds. The Babysitter’s Basics online course, Babysitter’s Training classroom course and an extended classroom course with Pediatric First Aid/CPR are all eligible for the discount using coupon code INDY200913 (case sensitive) when registering online at or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. All registrations made through July 31 are eligible for the discount regardless of when the course takes place.

Babysitter’s Training classroom courses are scheduled from 8:30a.m. – 4:00p.m and are the local American Red Cross offices.

July 24, Oshkosh, WI

July 29, Green Bay, WI

July 30, Appleton, WI

August 3, Oshkosh, WI

August 3, Green Bay, WI

August 22, Iron Mountain, MI

August 24, Green Bay, WI

“All of the course options provide students with a range of training and skills so they can jump start their babysitting career and show potential employers they know their stuff,” said Sara Weier, Preparedness, Health & Safety Manager. “Participants learn to keep themselves and the children they are responsible for safe, including how to handle situations that sitters are likely to encounter such as treating bleeding, bee stings, and burns.”

America’s youth have been learning how to be responsible babysitters by taking American Red Cross training for more than 35 years.

The format of the Babysitting Basics online course allows future sitters to learn at anytime and to go through the content at their own pace. Classroom course participants have hands-on skills practice and receive feedback from expert Red Cross instructors. Youth who complete the extended course received a 2-year certification in Pediatric First Aid/CPR. Additional course information is available at

“Parents and guardians want to entrust their children to a babysitter who is trained in childcare skills, First Aid and CPR,” added Weier “Trained and responsible sitters are an invaluable resource.”

My First American Red Cross Experience

By Erin Thayse, Red Cross Volunteer

Me at 13!

Me at 13!

When you are thirteen years old, ways to earn an income are limited. My parents did not believe in allowances so babysitting was my second choice. My mother said I would be more marketable if I was “certified” so she signed me up for the American Red Cross Babysitting Training.

I was familiar with the American Red Cross building at 2131 Deckner Avenue as it was passed on our way to Cub Foods. Walking into the building by myself, there were signs letting me know the babysitter course was held in the basement, first door on the left. Down the stairs I went into a room lit with fluorescent lights containing a U shaped table. Since I was a shy thirteen year old, I stationed myself next to another girl sitting by herself and hoped she was not holding the seat for a friend.

In the following weeks of class, about ten of us learned how to perform CPR, the baby Heimlich maneuver, how to change a diaper and properly feed a baby.  Some of us caught on better than others due to experience with younger brothers or sisters while others performed just well enough to pass. Our instructor was understanding but firm, an older woman who probably had taught the class for years and had practiced the techniques on her own children and grandchildren.

We all had one common thought: while we were prepared to perform the life saving techniques we learned in class, we NEVER wanted to use them in our actual babysitting careers. With such great power comes great responsibility and the Babysitting Training instilled in us how great of a responsibility we were undertaking.

We earned our certification and handed a laminated card to put in our respective wallets to show potential employers of our qualifications. I did have a couple of regular families I would babysit for, all with older kids who did not require bottles or diaper changes. Through it all, I was fortunate enough not to use any of the preparedness skills learned at the Red Cross on my kids (I do remember having to treat my own second degree burn after making lunch on the stove though).

When I walked into the Deckner Avenue location some sixteen years later to start my new journey as an American Red Cross volunteer, I still remembered where the Babysitting Training was held. Maybe I will be in front of the class teaching potential babysitters with the new CPR techniques…but probably not. I was a much better babysitting pets than I was kids.

Training for Babysitters from the American Red Cross

Our course has changed quite a bit in 16 years, but one common theme remains the same: this class provides the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for infants and children.

Learn how to help kids have fun, while keeping them safe and following household rules with Babysitting Basics and Babysitter’s Training from the Red Cross. To learn more about these two programs and to sign up for a class near you click HERE.