Hundreds of Kids Learn Babysitting Skills

By Kristen Tripodi

Published 06/26 2014 04:48PM

Updated 06/27 2014 11:36AM

BURLINGTON, Vt. -  In just four years more than 900 babysitters in Vermont were trained to watch your children. Now thanks to a new grant the Red Cross plans to continue training more kids - for free.

Kids took time out of their summer vacation to learn the ins and outs of babysitting at the Fletcher Free Library.

“I like most kids,” said Gabriello Lewis.

Gabriello Lewis, 13, says he has a little experience watching after his younger brother.

“I'll stay home and look after him while my mom is running errands and stuff,” said Lewis.

Lewis is one of 900 kids across Vermont who have taken this class thanks to the Red Cross. Kids learn how to care for children and infants, how to handle emergencies, and even how to be a good role model.
And thanks to a 25 thousand dollar donation from the McClure Foundation the class is free.

 “A lot of the kids who are in the program wouldn't otherwise be able to attend the program so it’s a really great opportunity for us, said Rebecca Goldberg, the Youth Services Librarian at Fletcher Free Library.

Goldberg says this year they teamed up with the Red Cross to make sure more kids have the opportunity to learn new skills.

“A lot of these kids will then be coming in and putting up posters and asking us to help them find babysitting jobs which we definitely make those connections or help the kids,” said Goldberg.

And for Lewis, he hopes to be able to put the skills he learns to the test pretty soon.

“I could babysit to earn some pocket money,” said Lewis.

The Red Cross says the grant will allow 250 more kids to take the babysitting class for free over the next year. And organizers are working to bring the class to more libraries across the state.

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