Did you know that 85% of car seats are not installed correctly? A study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that more than 618,000 children, ages 0-12, ride in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat or booster seat.
Family & Children’s Early Childhood Program (ECP) department goes above and beyond to ensure the safety of the 2,346 children and their families whom they serve with CAP Tulsa.
Every month, F&CS Family Support provide families with resources to assist with their car seat needs. However, due to the overwhelming need, likely due to the car seat safety law changes in Oklahoma and budget cuts, many families are still without a car seat.
Family & Children’s Services, CAP Tulsa and the use of United Way funds are used to provide car seats to those families in need. Families that receive the car seats have the opportunity to receive education and “professional” installation of the car seat by FCS employee, Lacey Austin, who obtained her National Child Passenger Safety Certification in 2011.
On average, eighteen car seats are distributed every month to Head Start/Early Head Start families. This month we are providing twenty-two car seats to our families in need.
Along with our car seat safety training, the Early Childhood Program provides education on Pedestrian Safety to families enrolled in CAP Tulsa Head Start/Early Head Start within the first 45 days of school.