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Junior League of New Orleans Launches SAFE SITTER® Summer Classes

The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) is set to empower the next generation of caregivers with the launch of their SAFE SITTER® summer classes. This national program, designed for boys and girls in grades 5-8, equips young adolescents with essential skills for staying home alone, caring for younger siblings, and preparing for babysitting roles within the community.

For over four decades, the SAFE SITTER® program has built a robust reputation for providing high-quality, practical training. With over 3,000 certified instructors nationwide, the program ensures that children receive comprehensive education in age-appropriate childcare, safety precautions, CPR, first aid, and basic business skills.

“Babysitting is a big responsibility,” says Tara Waldron, President of JLNO. “The Junior League of New Orleans’ SAFE SITTER® program is designed to make sure older children are prepared to babysit for siblings and the outside community, along with teaching them how to safely stay home alone. The program includes training on age-appropriate childcare, safety precautions, CPR, first aid, basic business skills, and more”

JLNO will host 10 SAFE SITTER® classes this summer at their headquarters located at 4319 Carondelet St. in New Orleans. The classes will take place on July 6, 7, 13, 20, 21, 27, 28, and August 3 and 4. Each session will be limited to 32 students, and participants must register in advance to secure a spot.

The curriculum includes engaging activities and role-playing exercises to keep students actively involved. One of the highlights involves practicing CPR and choking rescue techniques on mannequins, giving participants hands-on experience with lifesaving procedures.

The SAFE SITTER® course stands out for its medically accurate and developmentally appropriate content, covering critical areas such as:

Participation in the program costs $80 per person. To learn more or register, visit

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