The Washington State Booster Seat Coalition was founded in 2000 to help increase the use of booster seats among preschoolers and young children in Washington State. Initially funded in large part by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Coalition strives to raise public awareness about booster seats, to engage in research studies to help understand adoption rates and barriers to booster seat use, and to improve access to booster seats for families. The Booster Seat Coalition is comprised of healthcare professionals, childcare providers and educators, traffic safety experts, advocates from government agencies, and private interests in Washington State.

Key Goals of Coalition

  • Increase the use of belt-positioning booster seats among Washington preschoolers and young children 4-8 years old.

  • Generate awareness of Washington's landmark child passenger safety law that requires the use of booster seats amongst children up to age 6 or 60 pounds. This law went into effect on July 1, 2002.

  • Understand the barriers to access for families and help develop programs to overcome these obstacles.

  • Establish a multi-faceted education program that can serve as a model for other communities.

  • Understand the needs of and develop targeted programs for the needs of Washington's diverse families and cultural groups.

Community Supporters

We wish to thank the following Washington organizations for their support of our educational efforts:

Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center - Seattle
Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center is an independent, private, not-for-profit regional pediatric center located in Seattle, Washington. Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country, Children’s serves as the pediatric referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Children’s delivers superior patient care, and advances new discoveries and treatments in pediatric research.

Group Health Community Foundation
Group Health Community Foundation improves the health of our community through grantmaking, fundraising, community programs, and evaluation and research.

Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center
Affiliated with the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center, the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center is one of the premier institutions researching how and why people suffer injuries and what can be done to prevent them.

Nesholm Family Foundation
The Seattle based Nesholm Family Foundation has dedicated itself to serving the Seattle community by supporting approximately 70 health, education and performing arts organizations each year.

State Farm Insurance
State Farm Insurance is the nation's largest insurance provider, and is very committed to raising awareness about child passenger safety. State Farm's mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected and realize their dreams.

Washington Safety Restraint Coalition
The Safety Restraint Coalition facilitates awareness, education and injury prevention programs designed to reduce the economic costs and needless tragedy resulting from motor vehicle crashes.

Washington Traffic Safety Commission
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission is the Governor's Office of Highway Safety for Washington State. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) administers Washington's Federal Highway Trust Fund allocation to carry out highway safety programs in the state.

Members of the Washington State Booster Seat Coalition

American Automobile Association of Washington
American Medical Response Ambulance
Bellevue Community College
Bellevue Police Department
Bellevue School District
Benton-Franklin Health District
Car Safe Kids
Child Care Resources and Referral
Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center
Comprehensive Health Education Foundation
Des Moines Police Department
Evenflo, Inc.
Evergreen Hospital
Evergreen Safety Council
Fremont Public Association
Grays Harbor Traffic Safety and Injury Prevention
Group Health Cooperative
Harborview Family Patient Resource Center
Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center
Highline Community Hospital
International Community Health Services
Kent Police Department
Mary Bridge Hospital Center for Childhood Safety
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Overlake Hospital
Public Health - Seattle-King County
Safe Ride News
Shoreline Children's Center
Shoreline Community College
Snohomish County Sheriff's Office
Snohomish Health District
Swedish Hospital
State Farm Insurance
Think First!
Washington Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program
Washington SAFE KIDS Coalitions
Washington Safety Restraint Coalition
Washington State Department of Health
Washington State Patrol
Washington Traffic Safety Commission
West Region EMS and Trauma Care Council

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