ASU-Newport offers babysitting class

ASU-Newport offers babysitting class
NEWPORT, AR (KAIT)- ASU-Newport is now offering "Babysitting Basics" to pre-teen and teenage girls in the community.
Jackson County has been dealing with a child care shortage for years and now the university has kicked off a class to help fill this void.
ASU-Newport is partnering with the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Service to offer this class. Sadie Burzynski is one of 9 girls enrolled in Tuesday's class.

"I enjoy being with children and it’s so fun for me, I have twin sisters so I enjoy being with them," she said.

The class covers everything from safety measures and how to change a diapers to CPR and knowing when to call for help.

"Keep them happy, how to deal with temper tantrums and just how to keep them safe away from harm," 12-year-old Burzynski said.

For Jackson County, this class is especially needed because of the shortage in child care facilities. There are currently no after school child programs in the county. Instructor Sarah Metzger said this class will give kids the comfort and confidence they need to be successful.

"Some of these girls in the class today have never been around small children so this gives them the chance to learn what to expect from different ages," she said.

Newport First Responders spoke to the class about first aid and CPR. They also stressed the importance of calling 911 in the case of an emergency. ASU-Newport Librarian Jennifer Ballard says this is the first year they decided to offer this class but hope to have more classes in the future.

The next Babysitting Basics class will be offered on July 21st and 22nd from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information contact Jennifer Ballard at 870- 512-7861. The cost of the class is $10 and is held in Room 109 of Walton Hall.

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