- Who qualifies for the “Keep ‘Em Safe” program?
The Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Seat “Keep ‘Em Safe” program provides service to low/medium-income and refugee families whose income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. Parents and/or legal guardian who register for a class MUST provide the following: (1) proper photo identification (such as DMV issued ID, passport or military ID); (2) proof of low or medium income status (such as paystubs, EBT card, WIC folder or any government assistance documentation); and (3) proof of relationship (such as child’s birth certificate, tax form, case file, etc.) for each child that receives a car seat.
- When are the “Keep ‘Em Safe” classes and check-up events?
Approximately 12 CPS Education classes and 6 child safety seat check-up events are scheduled to be conducted every month at various times, dates, and locations. Child safety seat check-up events are usually held on Friday and Saturday between 9:00am and 1:00pm. For more information, call Wednesday or Thursday 858-621-2313 x 114.
- Where are the locations of the “Keep ‘Em Safe” classes and check-up events?
During the course of the program, a class and/or check-up event will be held in each of the six regions in San Diego County. The locations of the child safety seat check-up events vary depending on need.
- How can I get a schedule of the Child Passenger Safety classes and check-up events?
To obtain a current schedule, e-mail the Keep ‘Em Safe Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your name will be added to the distribution list. Updated schedules are emailed the 3rd Wednesday of every month.
- Who are the class instructors and car seat inspectors?
All personnel conducting CPS classes and car seat inspections/installation training are certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST).
- Are translators available for refugees or non-English speakers?
Many of our technicians are bilingual; however, we strongly encourage refugees and non-English speakers to bring their own translator to the Child Passenger Safety classes (unless the class is taught in their native language).
- How many car seats can one family receive?
If a child does not currently have a car seat or is in need of a replacement seat (as determined by inspection from a CPS technician), qualifying families may receive one car seat per family. We try to help each family and send home each child home safer; our grant has some limitation on the amount of seats we can give out to each family.
- Do parents/caregivers need to bring the child to the Child Passenger Safety class and the check-up event?
Children are not allowed to attend the Child Passenger Safety class. Children MUST be present at the check-up event, which allows the CPS technician to tailor the car seat inspection to the specific needs of the individual child.
- I am pregnant and will be having a child soon. Can I register for the Child Passenger Safety class?
Pregnant women must be at least 7.5 months pregnant to register for the class and 8 months pregnant to receive a car seat.
- Does the “Keep ‘Em Safe” program accept monetary donations?
Yes. Donations can be made to the Pacific Safety Center. The Pacific Safety Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are income tax deductible.
- Do families need to own their own car?
No; however, families need to bring a car (ideally the car the child spends the most time in) to the check-up events for proper car seat inspection. An inspection/installation training is required for each seat that is distributed.
- If a family can’t attend a check-up event, is there another way to have a car seat inspected or obtain a car seat?
Families are strongly encouraged to attend a check-up event. Car seats can be distributed at the Pacific Safety Center on a case by case basis, but availability is EXTREMLEY limited and must be pre-approved by the Keep ‘Em Safe Program Coordinator.
- How long is the process to learn how to install a car seat?
It takes approximately 30 minutes for each car seat inspection/installation training at a check-up event.
- When will the “Keep ‘Em Safe” program end?
Funding for the “Keep ‘Em Safe” program expires on September 30, 2015.
- Does a parent/caregiver receive a car seat when they attend the Child Passenger Safety class or do they need to attend a check-up event?
Due to time constraints, parents/caregivers attending a class will have priority in scheduling an appointment for a check-up event. During the check-up event, the child’s current safety seat will be inspected by a certified CPS technician. If it is determined a replacement or new safety seat is needed, it will be provided at that time.
- Can parent/caregivers invite other families to the Child Passenger Safety class?
Yes, as long as the other family qualifies (see FAQ #1). A family must register to participate in the class. To register, call 858-621-2313 ext. 114 on Wednesday or Thursday. Sorry, no walk-ins are allowed.
- Do parent/caregivers need to make an appointment to attend a check-up event?
Yes, check-up events are held on a weekly basis (72 during the entire grant cycle). Appointments can be made during the Child Passenger Safety class or by calling 858-621-2313 ext. 114.