The Family Resource Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has once again partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to offer a free car seat safety program to families in Yavapai County.
In 2019, the Family Resource Center marks its 30th anniversary of serving families in the Quad Cities area. Via the Family Resource Center’s Healthy Families program, parents and children are offered free home visits from highly trained early childhood specialists. This program supports healthy pregnancies, bonding and attachment, and ways to promote healthy brain development to create the foundation for emotional regulation and a child’s ability to respond to everything in life as they enter into adulthood. Healthy Families also provides developmental screenings and connections to community resources, individualized for each family.
The renewed grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will allow the Family Resource Center team to:
- Provide car seat safety checks
- Distribute free car seats when needed
- Offer education to help keep children safe inside their family’s vehicles
In 2018, more than 90 percent of seats checked via this program arrived in an unsafe configuration, greatly increasing the child’s risk of injury or death in the event of a car accident.
Recipients need a vehicle with working seat belts and will receive 30 minutes of child safety seat education, typically scheduled on an individual basis. The education and safety checks are provided by nationally certified Child Passenger Safety technicians.
Keeping your child safe is one of the most important jobs that caregivers have. YRMC’s Family Resource Center and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety have made it easier for many of our families in the Quad Cities area to do just that.
For more information, please call YRMC’s Family Resource Center at (928) 771-5651.