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Family Programs

These programs help families prepare for the arrival of a new baby, provide training  for babysitters, and more.

Babysitters Academy

Babysitting training program for young adults ages 11 1/2 to 16 & covers topics such as:

  • Baby care
  • First aid
  • Fire safety
  • Home security
  • Accident prevention
  • Child behavior
  • CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation)

Participants who attend receive a babysitter's handbook, safety booklet, and graduation certificate.

Cost: $75.00, $30.00 each additional sibling


Keeping Baby Safe

This class teaches basic life support, infant CPR, first aid for choking, poison prevention, baby-proofing your home, and car seat safety.

Time: 6-9 pm

Location: 361 Whitney Avenue, 1st floor, Glass Conference Room, Holyoke

Cost: $40 per couple

Grandparents Class

This class, for grandparents-to-be and new grandparents, provides information about current labor and delivery, infant feeding and safety practices. Discussion on the role of grandparents and a tour of the birthing center is included.

Location: Baystate Medical Center, Wesson Women's Building, Lundy Boardroom

Cost: $25/couple