Safe Sitter Program garners National, Local Recognition

June 28, 2004 Reston, Virginia Reston Hospital Center's Safe Sitter program has been named a Best Practices program by the national Safe Sitter organization, and was featured in the April Safe Sitters national newsletter for instructors. Cyndee Hochstrasser, RN, director of Health and Wellness, coordinates the program at Reston Hospital.

The Reston program was honored for leading by example in 12 years of community service, commitment to Safe Sitter students and the children in our community, careful selection of Safe sitter Instructors, and dedication to working with other community organizations.

In addition, the Awards Committee of the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Foundation, Inc., has selected Reston's Safe Sitter Program as a recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Educator Award. This award honors an individual, business or organization that has made a significant contribution in helping Fairfax County students attain their educational goals.

Since the program began in 1992 at Reston Hospital, some 2,000 young people have been training to be safe, nurturing babysitters. The class teaches girls and boys ages 11 to 14 the skills they need to care for young children. For details on upcoming Safe Sitter classes, call 1-877-689-3627


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