By Kathy Chouteau
Contra Costa Health Services’ (CCHS) Public Health Nursing Car Seat Project has received a $90,300 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to aid its efforts helping parents and caregivers keep children safe in cars.
The grant funds a child passenger safety technician and car seat education program focused on the proper installation and use of child safety seats. The one-year grant funding kicked in Oct. 1, 2021 and extends through Sept. 30, 2022.
The grant funding will encompass a variety of initiatives, including one-on-one/virtual appointments to inspect and install car seats; child safety seat education classes for parents/caregivers; child safety seats at no-cost to nursing case management clients and low-income families following education classes; promotion of safety seat recycling and the importance of discarding used and expired car seats; and collaboration with community partners to promote child passenger safety education, according to CCHS.
CCHS Program Manager Michelle Rivero said the OTS grant funding is critical in helping families, caregivers and education professionals keep children safe, underscoring that “properly secured car seats are one significant way to prevent harm to children in the event of a crash.”
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