|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.
We wish to thank the following Washington organizations
for their support of our educational efforts:
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
Group Health Community
Group Health Community Foundation improves the health of our community
through grantmaking, fundraising, community programs, and evaluation
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
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
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
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
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
Public Health - Seattle-King County
Safe Ride News
Shoreline Children's Center
Shoreline Community College
Snohomish County Sheriff's Office
Snohomish Health District
State Farm Insurance
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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