Tri-Valley Hosts a BLAST! Program for Young Babysitters

Tri-Valley recently held a Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training (BLAST) program in conjunction with its Migrant & Seasonal Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council meeting in Alexandria, MN. Policy Council members had the opportunity to bring their children, ages 11-14 years of age, to attend the BLAST training while parents attended the Policy Council meeting. Mary Johnson, Tri-Valley Assistant Program Design Manager, who is also an American Heart Association certified BLAST trainer, was kind enough to share her expertise with the group.

BLAST is a program designed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to train future babysitters. The program provides the necessary basic child care information to transform a young adult into a responsible babysitter capable of handling a multitude of common situations that may arise while caring for a child.