Durand area youth have recently earned their completion cards from the Child Care Clinic and are eager to put their newly-learned skills to practice. These clinics were coordinated and taught by Marie Ritscher, UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development Agent; Katie Walsh-Kallstrom Public Health Nurse, Pepin County Health Department; Kathy Dahl R.N., Durand School District, and guest speaker Kevin Glander, Deputy Sheriff, Pepin County Sheriff Department. 4-H Teen Leader, Stephanie Brantner, provided valuable assistance during this event.
Especially important in our rural area, the Child Care Clinic prepares youth ages 11 and up to provide safe and responsible care for themselves, their siblings, and for other children in area families. As part of the training, students studied the course materials from the 4-H / Army Child & Youth Services Manual. Students learn about safety and prevention of accidents and injury – personal, toys, food, household, and community. Emergency preparedness and response was also covered. They also learned about leadership, responsibility, decision-making, problem solving, using community supports, child development and age-appropriate expectations, play, and positively managing difficult child behaviors. Other topics were professionalism, business practices, and setting financial goals. The students also had the opportunity to observe many of these child care responsibilities in action while visiting the Creative Start Early Learning Center,
Congratulations to Walker Baier, Gracie Bauer, Cowen Christy, Will Gruber, Riane Hayden, Lilly King, Austin McMahon and Alexis Ziegler, for their enthusiasm, leadership and desire to provide quality care for children!
For more information regarding the child care clinic, contact Marie Ritscher, Pepin County 4-H and Youth Development Agent at 715-672-5214.