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Safe Sitter

Safe Sitter LogoAs part of our community outreach initiative, the Adult Volunteer Program at MUSC offers the nationally certified Safe Sitter babysitting course.

Safe Sitter prepares students in grades sixth through eighth to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who’s choking, and helpful information like what to do if there is severe weather. The lessons are filled with fun activities and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use CPR manikins to practice CPR and choking rescue. 

Safe Sitter was founded by Dr. Patricia Keener in 1980 after a tragic accident involving a child passing away from choking on a grape while under the care of a babysitter. Moved by the tragic events, Dr. Keener started work the very next day on creating a training program for sitters to keep children safe. It's motto is:  "Better Sitters Today. Better Parents Tomorrow." Dr. Keener completed her residency training right here at our very own Medical University of South Carolina. Learn more about the Safe Sitter program.

2018 Safe Sitter Classes

Application dates will be posted in April for the 2018 classes.

For more information about the Safe Sitter program at MUSC or to get your child registered contact Kelly Hedges at 843-876-4246 or

Classes are two days of hands-on learning and instruction from the hours of 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. The cost of the program is $75 per student and covers all course materials and food for the two days of instruction. 


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