- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 16, 2003

Books

• "The Ultimate Baby-sitter's Handbook," by Debra Mostow Zakarin and Kristin Lock, Price Stern Sloan Publishing, 1997. This is a good, general guide for potential baby sitters ages 9 to 12.

• "The Ultimate Baby-Sitter's Survival Guide," by Mary Guleserian and Therese Furey, Focus on the Family Publishing, 1998. This book explains how to keep children safe and entertained while baby-sitting.

• "The Baby-Sitter's Handbook," by Caroline Greene, DK Publishing, 2001. This spiral-bound book makes a great take-along reference for baby-sitting jobs.

Online

• The University of Illinois Extension program has a site devoted to the business of baby-sitting (www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/babysitting). The site, founded by a professor of family studies, has information about caring for children, setting fees and creating a business flier.

• The national office of Safe Sitter (www.safesitter.org), a nonprofit group that offers baby-sitting classes nationwide, has information about its curriculum, requirements and class locations.

Local resources

• Safe Sitter has classes at these locations. Call for schedules and prices:

Reston Hospital 703/689-9240

Prince William Hospital (Woodbridge) 703/369-8405

Loudoun Hospital (Leesburg) 703/777-3300

Suburban Hospital (Bethesda) 301/896-3527

Bowie Health Center 301/262-5511

Holy Cross Hospital (Kensington) 301/754-7000

• The American Red Cross offers Baby-sitter's Training classes at various locations in the Washington area. The course costs $45. For locations and registration, call 202/728-6900 or visit www.redcrossdc.org.

• Children's National Medical Center offers a Child Care and Baby-sitting Safety (CABS) class for 11- to 16-year-olds. The class costs $45. For dates and registration, call 202/884-3851 or visit www.cnmc.org.

• Inova HealthSource offers a seven-hour Baby-sitting Basics course for 11- to 15-year-olds. The course usually is offered monthly and costs $40 For dates, locations and registration, call 703/204-3366 or visit www.inova.com.

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