According to the Jan. 22, 2001 Social Entrepreneurs, Inc. ‘Bridges to a Healthier Community’ survey, 39 percent of North Lake Tahoe families reported that there was a ‘very large problem’ in finding access to affordable childcare.

Of these families, 59 percent have children younger than 5 years old.  

Considering this statistic, the American Red Cross decided to offer its very first Babysitter’s Training Boot Camp in Incline Village this July. The camp, which was partially funded by a grant from the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, offered training in a variety of important lifesaving and childcare skills.

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The new babysitters, ages 11 to 15, were certified in CPR, first aid, and AED use. They practiced diving and rescuing skills at the Incline Village Recreation Center and honed their kitchen safety with the friendly staff at Project Mana. They learned about taking care of other peoples’ animals at Pet Network and discovered the importance of playground safety at Incline Elementary School.

Accidents and injuries are some of the leading causes of death among young children, especially in areas as active as Tahoe. Having a local troop of qualified babysitters will help to keep our kids safe, should any slips, trips, or falls happen.

~ Press Release

To find out more about Red Cross classes and camps, please contact Adam Stater at (775) 298-0131, statera@nevada.redcross.org, or visit nevada.redcross.org.

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