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Public Health Awarded Grant for Child Safety Seat Education | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey

Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) has once again joined forces with partner agency Mercy San Juan to continue the successful car seat safety program.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) – In our continued effort to enhance child safety on the road, Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH) has once again joined forces with partner agency Mercy San Juan to continue the successful car seat safety program. Aimed at educating parents and caregivers on the proper installation and use of child safety seats, this initiative is made possible through a $78,546 grant generously provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). 

The grant, which funds an array of community outreach events, prioritizes education classes and training sessions tailored to underserved and refugee communities. The comprehensive car seat safety program encompasses various components, all designed to empower parents and caregivers with the knowledge and resources needed to ensure the safety of their little ones as they travel.

Key features of the program include:

-Child Safety Seat Inspection Events and Education Classes: The initiative will host events dedicated to inspecting child safety seats and providing educational classes to parents and caregivers.

-Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) Training and Recertification Courses: To bolster expertise in child passenger safety, the program will offer training and recertification courses for Child Passenger Safety Technicians. 

-No-Cost Child Safety Seats for Families in Need: Families facing financial constraints will have access to child safety seats at no cost, ensuring that economic barriers do not compromise the safety of children.

-Community Outreach Efforts in Underserved Communities: Collaborating with local organizations, the program will actively engage in community outreach efforts to promote car seat safety in underserved areas. 

Dr. Kasirye, the Sacramento County Public Health Officer, highlighted the essential role of OTS grant funding in assisting families, caregivers, and education professionals in ensuring children’s safety. Emphasizing that safeguarding children is a collective priority, “Properly secured car seats are pivotal in preventing harm to children in the unfortunate event of a crash,” states Kasirye.  

Sacramento County residents interested in learning more about the program can contact Riley Stoltenburg at [email protected] or call (916) 875-6094. 

The funding for this critical program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  

Sacramento County remains committed to ensuring the safety of its youngest residents through proactive community engagement and education on proper car seat usage.

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