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Media Release

Public Health Nursing Program Awarded Grant for Child Safety Seat Education Program

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Contra Costa Health Services Public Health Nursing Car Seat Project will help parents and caregivers keep their children as safe as possible in the car thanks to a $90,300 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

The one-year grant from Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022 funds a Child Passenger Safety Technician and car seat education program that encourages the proper installation and use of child safety seats.

The grant funds the following activities:

  • One-on-one/virtual appointments to inspect and install car seats.
  • Child safety seat education classes for parents and caregivers.
  • Child safety seats at no-cost to nursing case management clients and low-income families following education classes.
  • Promote safety seat recycling and importance of discarding used and expired car seats.
  • Work with community partners to promote child passenger safety education.

"The OTS grant funding is critical in helping families, caregivers and education professionals keep children safe," said Michelle Rivero, a program manager for CCHS. "Protecting children is everyone's top priority, and properly secured car seats are one significant way to prevent harm to children in the event of a crash."

"Like seat belts for teens and adults, correctly installed car seats are the best protection for children while they are traveling," OTS Director Barbara Rooney said. "Car seat programs are an important traffic safety ally."

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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  • Jessica Recinos,
    Child Passenger Safety Technician,
  • Michelle Rivero,
    Program Manager,