ISU Extension clinic teaches preteens how to safely care for children

Calhoun County EMT Taylor Brierly demonstrates how to help a choking child on Brady Schumacher at a babysitting clinic Dec. 28. GRAPHIC-ADVOCATE PHOTO/ERIN SOMMERS

A program over winter break taught half a dozen preteens the basics of childcare.

“I wanted to learn safety things about babysitting,” 11-year-old McKinley Janssen said, explaining why she signed up for the daylong class offered by the Iowa State University Extension Office in Calhoun County.

The day started with a discussion of home alone safety, ISU Extension’s Tiffany Blair said.

The students, mostly fifth-graders, then headed to The Kids Palace, a daycare center just a block away from the extension office, where they had a chance to visit children in several age rooms.

“I liked hanging out with the 1-year-olds,” 11-year-old Brady Schumacher said.

The students began the afternoon session with Calhoun County EMT Taylor Brierly, who walked them through the steps of infant and small child cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other first aid.

Read the full story in the January 10 edition.