Clients Served Last Year:
Funding Generously Provided by:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, and private donations.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1-12. Every day, approximately 19 children are treated in New York State hospitals for motor vehicle injuries. Most 8-12 year-olds seriously injured or killed in car crashes were not wearing seat belts, and more than 90% of child safety seats are installed improperly.
Educate the community on passenger safety and work with parents and child care providers to promote effective and appropriate use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts in order to prevent injuries to children.
How We Do it:
Safe Start promotes the safety of all occupants riding in motor vehicles in order to reduce the number of children riding unrestrained. Thus, a major component is community outreach and subsequently, conducting educational workshops. Safe Start hosts permanent fitting stations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties that offer safety seat inspections by certified technicians. The program’s van offers a mobile fitting station to provide these services to parents in need at unlimited locations. In addition, complimentary child safety restraints are provided to clients most in need.
The Outcomes of Safe Start
Safe Start boasts increased awareness of motor vehicle and child passenger safety, as well as an increase in correctly used child safety restraints. Recent highlights include:
15 safety seat check up events
99 educational trainings
25,000+ people reached since inception
What People Say About Safe Start
I am expecting my first child any minute now and the idea that I had yet to install a car seat properly crossed my mind and I started to panic. The Safe Start staff not only showed me how to properly install my car seat, but they didn’t want me to leave until I felt comfortable doing it myself. As I drove away I took a deep breath and realized how lucky I was to learn about the program when I did. I would encourage all parents to make the call as you will learn more safety tips than you realize.
The Safe Start Program is an AMAZING resource! At 7 1/2 months my son was close to outgrowing his infant seat and my husband and I were struggling with properly and safely installing the convertible car seat. After some phone calls and internet searching I found EAC Network’s Safe Start and had an appointment quickly. My certified technician was Angela and she was great…thorough, informative, and friendly! I will definitely be spreading the word about the program!
I want to share some positive feedback regarding the wonderful help that I received from Angela. She made sure my child’s car seat was installed correctly and spent time to answer my questions and showed me how to do it right. She was extremely nice and professional. I had a great experience and I learned a lot. I highly recommend the Safe Start Program! It really is so beneficial! I am very grateful for this service!
Angela checked our infant car seat and identified an important step we were missing when we installed it. She also reviewed tips and best practices. It was very helpful and worthwhile and we so appreciate that the service is free. Highly recommend to other parents and soon-to-be-parents.