Safe Sitter® is a medically accurate program teaching
11 to 14 year old girls and boys how to handle emergencies when
caring for younger children.
Dr. Patricia Keener, an
Indianapolis pediatrician, developed the Safe Sitter® program
after a colleague’s toddler choked to death while in the care of
an adult sitter who didn't know what to do. Unintentional
injuries are the leading cause of death in children. The goal of
Safe Sitter® is to reduce the number of avoidable and
unintentional deaths among children being cared for by
adolescent babysitters. You may download an informational
brochure on the program being taught at Quincy Valley Medical
here. The course at
Quincy Valley Medical Center is taught by our Chief Nursing
Officer, Sarina Fahrner. Spanish speaking
instructors are available if requested in advance.
taught during a Safe Sitter®
500,000 Safe Sitter® graduates have learned how to handle life
threatening emergencies, how to keep themselves safe, when and
how to call for help, and how to understand and deal with
children of different ages. In the course, participants will
also learn the basics of child CPR. They even learn about the business
aspects of babysitting. Safe Sitters are more confident and
To successfully complete the Safe
Sitter® program, students must pass a rigorous practical and
written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts
and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency. At the end
of the Safe Sitter® program a graduation program will be held
for parents to celebrate their child's accomplishment.
How many kids are in a Safe Sitter® course?
room for six participants in each Safe Sitter® course.
QVMC will continue to add more courses as needed and will do our
best to offer various class times and dates to accommodate as
many schedules as possible.
How do I register for a Safe
for a Safe Sitter® course please contact Sarina Fahrner at
509-787-5374. You will also need to complete the
registration form and submit the form with your $45 registration
QVMC Safe Sitter Program
908 Tenth Avenue SW
forms may be downloaded below:
English Registration Form
Spanish Registration Form
If the class is full you will be put on a waiting
list on a first come, first serve basis for the next available
Are scholarships available for
the Safe Sitter® course?
Scholarships are available on a need basis. To download the
scholarship application form, please click
here. All scholarship requests
go through the QVMC site coordinator and should
be submitted with your registration form to the address above.
What do I need to bring for the
Safe Sitter® course?
If you are
taking an all day course, you should plan on bringing a sack
lunch. Drinks and a snack will be provided.
Who do I contact regarding
questions on the
Safe Sitter® program?
Valley Medical Center you may contact Michele Wurl at (509) 787-5349. For questions
unrelated to the QVMC Safe Sitter® program you may contact Safe
Sitter® Headquarters at Safe Sitter, Inc., 8604 Allisonville
Road, Suite 248, Indianapolis, IN 46250-1597.
is Quincy Valley Medical Center?
the map below for directions to Quincy Valley Medical Center.
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