Here is a sampling of upcoming baby-sitting classes in the area. Call to register. If a class is full, ask about a waiting list or future course dates. To find other classes near you, check with your local community center, hospital or recreation department. Many locations also offer CPR classes geared toward teenagers. Visit the National Child Care Information Center's Web site, www.nccic.org/poptopics/homealone.html, for baby-sitting age guidelines.

The District

AMERICAN RED CROSS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA -- Washington office, 2025 E St. NW. 202-303-4522. www.redcrossdc.org/Online/class_registration.php. Dec. 17 from 9 to 4. Register online for comprehensive class. $45.

CHILDREN'S SPRING VALLEY OUTPATIENT CENTER -- 4900 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 320. 202-884-4500. www.cnmc.org/dcchildrens/forparents/subeducation/classes.aspx. Saturday from 10 to 3:30. The Children's Hospital child-care and baby-sitting safety class teaches kids ages 12 to 15 such information as water and fire safety, how to handle an emergency and how to avoid dangerous situations. $45.

Maryland

AMERICAN RED CROSS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA -- Montgomery County office, 2020 East West Hwy., Silver Spring. 202-303-4522. www.redcrossdc.org/Online/class_registration.php. Oct. 15 from 9 to 3:30. Register online for this comprehensive class. $45.

AMERICAN RED CROSS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA -- Upcounty Services Center, 200 Girard St., No. 204, Gaithersburg. 202-303-4522. www.redcrossdc.org/Online/class_registration.php. Dec. 3 from 9 to 3:30. Register online for this comprehensive class. $45.

CHILDREN'S ANNAPOLIS OUTPATIENT CENTER -- 888 Bestgate Rd., Suite 320, Annapolis. 202-884-4500. www.cnmc.org/dcchildrens/forparents/subeducation/classes.aspx. Jan. 7. from 10 to 3:30. The Children's Hospital child care and baby-sitting safety class teaches kids ages 12 to 15 such information as water and fire safety, how to handle an emergency and how to avoid dangerous situations. $45.

CHILDREN'S UPPER MARLBORO OUTPATIENT CENTER -- 9440 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 210, Upper Marlboro. 202-884-4500. www.cnmc.org/dcchildrens/forparents/subeducation/classes.aspx. Nov. 5 from 10 to 3:30. The Children's Hospital child care and baby-sitting safety class teaches kids ages 12 to 15 such information as water and fire safety, how to handle an emergency and how to avoid dangerous situations. $45.

HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL -- Holy Cross Resource Center, 9805 Dameron Dr., Silver Spring. 301-754-8800. holycrosshealth.netreturns.biz/Events. Nov. 6 and 13 from 9 to 3:30. This two-session interactive program, geared toward ages 11 to 13, includes such topics as rescue-breathing techniques and handling behavioral problems. $70.

SHADY GROVE ADVENTIST HOSPITAL -- 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville 800-542-5096. www.adventisthealthcare.com/AHC/wellness/schedule.asp. Two-session classes from 10 to noon in the hospital's Weinschel Education Center: Oct. 15 and 22, Oct. 16 and 23, Nov. 12 and 19, Nov. 13 and 20, Dec. 3 and 10, and Dec. 4 and 11. Participants, ages 11 to 15, must attend both sessions, which cover accident prevention and basic child care. Students get a $10 discount on a teen CPR class. $30.

Virginia

INOVA ALEXANDRIA HOSPITAL -- 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. 703-204-3366.www.inova.com/inovapublic.srt/healthinfo.jsp. Nov. 5 from 9 to 4. Register online for this baby-sitting basics course, which includes first aid and safety tips, for 11- to 15-year-olds. $48.

MCLEAN COMMUNITY CENTER -- 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123. www.mcleancenter.org. Oct. 15 or Dec. 10 from 9:30 to 3:30. A one-session, six-hour safe sitting class geared toward ages 11 to 15 includes topics such as rescue breathing, accident prevention and business pointers. The $75 fee, $66 for McLean residents, includes an $11 materials fee. A more comprehensive course includes the American Heart Association's Heartsaver CPR in Schools program and first aid training. Nov. 5 from 9:30 to 3:30. $98, $87 McLean residents, including $15 materials fee. A mother's helper class, for fourth- to sixth-graders, teaches basics such as feeding, diapering and entertaining. Oct. 22 from 9:30 to 12:30. $48, $43 McLean residents includes $6 materials fee.

RESTON HOSPITAL CENTER -- 1850 Town Center Pkwy., Reston. 877-689-3627. www.restonhospital.net/CommCal.asp#sitter. Nov. 12 from 8:30 to 3 and Nov. 13 from 1 to 5. A two-session class for ages 11 to 14 includes basic lifesaving techniques such as rescue breathing and the Heimlich maneuver. $50, includes materials and snacks.

SOUTH RUN RECREATION CENTER -- 7550 Reservation Dr., Springfield. 703-866-0566. www.co.fairfax.va.us/parks/parktakes.htm. Nov. 3 and 10 from 6 to 8:30. Register online for this two-class Sitter Sessions course for ages 9 to 12. $46, $36 for Fairfax County residents.