Child Advocacy Classes
To register for any of these classes, click on the women and children tab here. Most classes are offered in English and Spanish. For additional questions, please call 239-343-5101 in Lee County and 239-565-8371 in Collier. Costs vary from class to class.
Safe Sitter is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use manikins to practice rescue skills, like choking rescue and CPR!
Safe Sitter® Course Content:
- Safety Skills: Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.
- Child Care Skills: Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.
- First Aid & Rescue Skills: Learning skills such as choking rescue and CPR is often students’ favorite part of the class. Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses.
- Life & Business Skills: The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.
Safe@Home (Grades 4-6)
Safe@Home is designed to be a 90-minute program for students in grades 4-6. It provides students with important safety training that will help students be prepared to stay home alone.
Staying home alone is an important part of growing up, and it can be an exciting but scary experience. A child at home without any adult supervision for any length of time must know the following:
How to keep themselves safe indoors, outdoors, online, and with others
What to do in an emergency, including who to call for help
How to keep from getting hurt and actions to take if they get hurt
Completing this program does not mean that a student is ready to stay home alone. Only the student’s parents can make that decision, based on the age, maturity, skills, experience, and confidence level of their child. However, this program will help students learn about how to practice safe habits,how to handle common household emergencies, and how to address illness or injury.
Pediatric CPR AED and First Aid
This certification course teaches individuals to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. The course covers first aid, as well as infant and child CPR. This course is intended for parents, grandparents, child-care providers, and/or anyone else who regularly comes in contact with children. After successful completion of this course, individuals will receive an American Heart Association Pediatric First Aid CPR & AED course completion course, valid for two years.
This class takes place on select dates throughout the year. Locations and times may vary. The minimum age requirement is 15 years of age.
Family & Friends® CPR
The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and mild and severe airway block for adults, children and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.
Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a CPR course completion card to meet a job requirement. This course is ideal for community groups, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a life.
- Uses AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which improves learning and retention
- Classroom format works well for learners who prefer group interaction and feedback while learning skills
- Each student receives high-quality course materials for ongoing reference
Baby Care and Car Seat Safety
This 2 ½-hour course is a private session offered to expectant parents and grandparents. The class helps you learn basic infant care and strategies to prevent injuries occurring in children, including car seat safety. The course covers a variety of topics to help you care for your infant, including preparing for baby’s arrival; caring for baby’s immediate needs (bathing, diapering and how baby communicates); safe sleep; and car seat safety.
Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County and Lee County offer free specialized group parenting classes to teach parents how to focus on their strengths and set appropriate expectations for their children.
Partners in Parenting Workshops:
- Meet once a week for 2 - 2 ½ hours for 8 weeks
- Provide free child care and food
- Recognize perfect attendance with prizes and incentives
- Award certificates at the last session
The positive discipline curriculum is from the Nurturing Parenting Program, authored by Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D., which is an effective, research based parenting course series. Classes are offered at various times and locations throughout Collier County and Lee County in multiple languages.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool – it improves the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems and connects people with care for their mental health or substance use problems. People who enroll in local Mental Health First Aid courses learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health or substance use problems. Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves. Participants must be 18 years or older to take this course.
Parent Workshop: Dignified Discipline
This parenting workshop on Dignified Discipline helps you learn to manage your children’s behavior in a way that both maintains healthy relationships and changes inappropriate behaviors. Learn to look at behaviors in a new way and decrease stress. The goal is to bring the joy back into parenting!
For more general information about kids safety visit: safekids.org