Adolescents can learn how to handle emergencies while baby-sitting for younger children at special two-day courses being offered by Slidell Memorial Hospital in June and July.

There will be two sessions of the Safe Sitter program for ages 11 and up, both from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 19-20 and July 14-15, on the second floor of the SML Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd., Slidell. The cost is $75, which includes an instruction manual and completion card.

This two-day program prepares young adolescents for the responsibilities of nurturing and protecting children through hands-on training. Course participants learn first aid, rescue skills, behavior management and business aspects of baby-sitting.

The registration fee is nonrefundable. To register, contact instructor Tisha Batuk in SMH’s community outreach department at (985) 280-8529 or

Another session of the Safe Sitter program is planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, June 2-3, in the Pelican Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The class is limited to 16 participants, and the cost is $75. For reservations, call Nurses on Call at (985) 867-3900.

The two-day Safe Sitter program also will be held June 16-17 at the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, 1505 N. Florida St., Suite B, Covington. For information, contact or (985) 898-4435.