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Fort Hood teens become certified babysitters at EDGE training

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August 9, 2012 | Leisure
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Angel Pokorny-Romero (left), Sarai Williams, Tami McCarter and Shawn Narciza (right) introduce themselves and get to know one another while discussing their reasons for being interested in becoming a babysitter. Madalene Smith, Sentinel Summer Intern
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Angel Pokorny-Romero and Sarai Williams draw a ‘babysitter’s magic bag.’ A babysitter’s magic bag’ is an idea of something babysitters could use to entertain the children they are watching, and it holds items such as cars, bandages, flashlights and dolls. Madalene Smith, Sentinel Summer Intern
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Shawn Narciza draws his own ‘babysitter’s magic bag.’ Each participant in the class put different things in their bags. Madalene Smith, Sentinel Summer Intern
Fort Hood’s babysitting program focuses on helping youth grades six through 12 develop skills to become certified babysitters.

Shelia Barthel, Fort Hood Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation partnership specialist, said babysitting is in high demand.

She said their goals are to make sure the sitters are able to interact with the children, contact emergency care when it’s needed, change a baby’s diaper, entertain children in age-appropriate manners and that they are expected to know how to feed a child.

Fort Hood’s babysitting program for military youth is offered through its EGDE training program, Barthel said, noting that this training covers everything a youth needs to know to become a babysitter.

Barthel said a two-day training course includes CPR, ensuring that a babysitter can react if anything with the child’s health goes wrong. In addition, she said youths receive first aid training.

“Parents can also access a babysitters list to pick the babysitter that they would like,” Barthel said, noting that Fort Hood-trained babysitters are greatly needed on the installation.

Area youths sign up for the program for a variety of reasons.

“I am doing this to get the correct training to babysit my two little brothers and my little sister,” Angel Pokorny-Romero, a babysitter in training, said at a training session Tuesday.

“My mom put me in this training and I help my older brother babysit my little sister,” Shawn Narciza said, “so I know I need some training to help watch her.”

“I am doing this to get more money,” Sarai Williams said, “so I can buy more clothes and shop.”

Trainers Robin Davis and Tami McCarter, both supervisory leaders at Comanche Child Development Center, stressed the importance of the steps to become a certified babysitter through the training.

Classes for August were held Tuesday and Wednesday at the High Chaparral Youth Center. For more information on the locations and times of EGDE training, visit their website at egde@hoodmwr.com, or call 287-6573.
 
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