Grant to give low-income county families free child safety seats

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A newly awarded $75,000 state grant will enable Contra Costa County public health nurses to give free car seats to their low-income clients along with education on how to use them properly.

The “Child Passenger Safety” grant will fund the distribution of a minimum of 70 child safety seats to children from low-income families who receive home visits from public health nurses as part of Contra Costa Health Services’ Public Health Nursing Home Visiting Program.

The funds will also pay for child safety seat education classes, seat check-ups and inspections, and help promote the importance of using non-expired seats and the recycling of safety seats, officials said.

Funding for the grant was provided to Contra Costa Health Services by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“Our families struggle with meeting the basic needs of the children,” said Marilyn Condit, a nurse program manager for CCHS. “Rent, food, clothing all become priorities over car seats, and many of our families use old, expired car seats. This program is a much-needed resource to help keep children safe.”

CCHS’ Public Health Nursing Home Visiting program makes approximately 1,400 home visits each year with children (0-8 years) living throughout the county.

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