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Free Child Safety Seats

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 18, 2010

Thanks to a grant from the Community and Children’s Resource Board (CCRB), the St.
Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment is offering free child
safety seats to low-income families.
The funds provided by the CCRB will allow the department to provide child abuse and
neglect prevention services. A class, titled “Parenting 101,” aims to reduce and prevent
intentional and unintentional injury to children age birth to four years. The program will
provide comprehensive caregiver education, covering child safety and discipline and increasing
awareness of child development and communication, who to call when a child is
sick, sudden infant death syndrome, safety in the home, discipline, and child passenger
safety. People who register for this program will receive a free child safety seat.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle
crashes are the leading cause of death among children in the United States.
Many of these deaths could have been prevented by placing children in age- and
size-appropriate restraint systems.
“Proper use of a child safety seat has been shown to reduce or prevent injury
in a crash,” said Hollie Milam, who oversees the free safety seat program for the
department. “Our program focuses on the importance of using a safety seat, as well
as providing information on proper installation.”
To qualify for the program and receive a free safety seat, a family’s income cannot
exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty level. For more information about the child
safety seat program, or details about qualification, call (636) 949-7400.

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