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Ride Safe

Program Type: Evidence Based Practice - Programs formally evaluated to be effective, sometimes called "Best Practices", that can be replicated and implemented, even with modifications in other settings

Ride Safe aims to reduce the rate of motor vehicle related injuries to children, aged 3 to 5 years, enrolled in participating Tribal Head Start programs, by promoting motor vehicle child restraint use. The Ride Safe Program training module includes eight guides; each guide includes activities for a specific group within the Tribal community.The Ride Safe Program will achieve its overall goal by meeting the following objectives: 1. Provide funding and support for at least one Tribal Head Start Center staff member to complete the National Highway Traffic (NHTSA) Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technician training. 2. Provide a one to two-day CPS training for all Head Start staff who participate in Ride Safe activities. 3. Educate parents and childcare providers about proper and age-appropriate child restraint use. 4. Distribute to parents and care givers one car seat or booster seat for each child at a Head Start Center that implements the Ride Safe Program. 5. Conduct follow-up home visits to educate parents and other caregivers about proper car seat use and to reinforce positive child passenger safety messages. 6. Gather community child restraint use data. 7. Promote community awareness about how to lessen the severity of motor vehicle crash injuries through car seat use.

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Name: Chris Allen
Site or Location Name: Ride Safe Program (IHS)

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