Training and Education

The Washington State Booster Seat Coalition Trainings

Project Investigator: Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH

Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Washington Traffic Safety Commission, and the Safety Restraint Coalition form the The Washington State Booster Seat Coalition. This coalition provided various trainings on child passenger safety from fall 2002 through fall 2003. In November 2002, the Coalition initiated an 8-hour training for 10 healthcare professionals, state agency employees, and citizens who are concerned about keeping kids safe in the car. The Booster Seat Coalition worked together with the Safety Restraint Coalition in providing this training and the training was a pilot test of NHTSA's "Moving Kids Safely in Childcare" curriculum. In June 2003, the Booster Seat Coalition brought NHTSA's appointed bilingual trainer, Irene Rodriguez, from the National Latino Children's Institute to Washington State for a series of child passenger safety trainings in Spanish. This event was the first time that this training had been provided in Spanish in the state. Fifty Latinos and Spanish-speaking non-Latinos throughout Washington attended the day-long trainings which were held in Everett, Federal Way, Yakima, and Tri-Cities, Washington. The Booster Seat Coalition partnered with the Safety Restraint Coalition, state SAFE KIDS Coalitions, and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission on making this event possible. In October 2003, the Booster Seat Coalition provided a 1 1/2-hour training on child passenger safety to attendees at the annual childcare conference sponsored by the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children. Partnering with Car Safe Kids, the Booster Seat Coalition provided information on the basics of car safety, Washington's legal requirements, and how to communicate with parents about CPS. For more information: http://depts.washington.edu/booster/