CSU Extension

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  • Phone: 970-328-8630

    CSU Extension
    P.O. Box 239
    441 Broadway
    Eagle CO 81631-0239 

    extension@eaglecounty.us

Family and Child Development

The Babysitter Basics Training Program is a seven and a half hour training session designed for youth who would like to develop caregiving knowledge and skills to make them feel comfortable and happy around children while projecting a professional image.  Many fifth through seventh graders love being around babies and young children.  Their willingness to learn about this topic and insufficient and lack of affordable child care make this program a great opportunity to provide youth with information about child behavior and child development in a fun environment.
The first session involves teaching babysitting responsibilities and on-the-job behavior. Infant care is addressed in the second session. Participants learn basic care of an infant, including how to properly diaper a baby. The third session covers care of toddlers and preschoolers. This includes how they develop and what expectations a babysitter should have for this age group, as well as discipline strategies. Games and activities are part of the learning process for babysitters. Painting a canvas bag that will become the student's personal babysitting bag is one activity the youth enjoy. They can fill the bag with props, activities, puppets and books to take along to a babysitting job. The theory behind this is that young children love new things and this will help a babysitter spend quality time with the child. First aid and safety are the topics for another session. An EMT/paramedic guest speaker attends the class to demonstrate basic first aid and CPR. The participants are given a chance to perform CPR on a mannequin.  Certificates of participation are awarded when the participant completes two hours of community service taking care of a child.
For their participation, each program graduate will receive monthly the Good Times with Kids Newsletter.  The newsletter contains tips on the developing child and is sent to each of the graduates for one year. This helps babysitters learn more about child development and behavior. The newsletter also has activities that the babysitters can use in their babysitting jobs. 

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Family Leadership Training Institute
The Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) is a first-of-its-kind family civics program. Program graduates spend more than 120 hours to develop skills needed to become effective leaders in their communities. Once recruited and accepted in to the program, participants attend a 20-week curriculum that integrates personal and child development, leadership training, civic literacy and civic participation skills. The curriculum is based on the evidence based curriculum copyrighted by the Connecticut Commission on Children known as the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) and is offered in Colorado through an inter-state partnership between the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Connecticut Commission on Children, and with the support of several sponsors including Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado Department of Human Services and The Colorado Health Foundation. This proven curriculum includes four components: an initial retreat, two 10-week sessions that focus on knowledge about the change process, skill building, and tools of civic engagement; and a community project.

In only 20-weeks, Institute graduates make a significant impact within their communities. Through their community projects they demonstrate that when given civic and leadership tools, families can guide public policy and decision making directly and indirectly through their actions and commitment to children, youth and the community.

Just in Time Parenting Newsletters
Just in Time Parenting eNewsletters specific to prenatal – 5 years can be downloaded in English or Spanish at: www.extension.org/parenting.  Resources are also available for school-aged children (6 – 12) and teens (12 – 18) at this site.

For more information, contact Family and Consumer Science Agent Glenda Wentworth at glenda.wentworth@eaglecounty.us.