Partner Highlight – The Family Center/La Familia

The Family Center/La Familia has been an important partner from the inception of Safe Kids Larimer County. They provide a safe and familiar space for our Spanish Car Seat Classes once a month plus an area for the caregivers’ children to play during the class. This allows the caregiver to focus on the lifesaving information they are being provided during the class.

Their staff are wonderful advocates for our car seat classes and the importance of car seat safety. When necessary, they provide translation to break down the barrier and increase understanding between the car seat technician and the caregiver. Our partnership with The Family Center is invaluable. 25% of our car seat class participants are Spanish-speaking and we would be unable to reach these families in as an effective way without The Family Center’s support.

Since 1995, The Family Center/La Familia, a bilingual organization, has offered high quality early childhood education and family strengthening services. Their primary goal is to strengthen and stabilize working families with children through supportive services such as childcare, parent enrichment programs and after-school tutoring. For more information, visit their website at: https://thefamilycenterfc.org/.

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PEDAL Club’s Annual EGG & I Helmets for Kids Fundraiser Sept. 30th

Every year sadly another child suffers a head injury riding a bike without a helmet.  Brain injuries can take months to years or even a lifetime to heal.  As bicyclists, the PEDAL Club understands the need for helmets on every cyclist.  Since 2013 PEDAL and the Egg & I have been hosting an annual fundraiser to help Safe Kids Larimer County raise money to purchase helmets for kids.  In this past school year, Safe Kids Larimer County reached 3,088 third grade students through the Strap and Snap program in TSD, PSD and WSD. In the 2016 school year, 2,394 third grade students went through the program.   During that time, 508 helmets were fitted and 467 helmets were distributed to students.  This year our goal is to raise $500 for Safe Kids Larimer County so they can continue to educate and protect our children.  There will be booths at the Loveland Egg & I and the Oakridge Egg & I offering helmets for bicyclists and skateboarders for $10.00 each.  All monies collected go to Safe Kids Larimer County.  

You can help by visiting any participating Egg & I Saturday, Sept. 30th by any type of vehicle. The Egg & I’s in Fort Collins and Loveland will be donating 25% of all kids meals sold this weekend to Safe Kids Larimer County.  Those wanting to join the PEDAL Club’s ride can meet us at Centennial Park, 977 W 1st St, Loveland.  The ride will depart from the east side of the park at 8am. The ride is approximately 35 miles.  You can ride with us to one, two or all three Egg & I’s.  For more information you can visit PEDAL’s website at: Pedalclub.org.  Please remember to wear your helmet!EGG&I 2.jpg

September Car Seat Checkup Events

Motor vehicle-related injuries are a leading cause of death for children with 3 children dying and 469 injured EVERY DAY. 

Roughly 70% of families leave the hospital with their newborn improperly harnessed in their car seat and/or with their car seat installed incorrectly. 

September is National Child Passenger Safety Month and Safe Kids Larimer County has partnered with local organizations to hold 2 free Car Seat Checkup Events! Both on September 30th, one in Fort Collins and one in Loveland. Call 970-495-7502 to sign up for your appointment today! See flyers below.

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Partner Highlight – UCHealth

UCHealth is our leading agency and we are so thankful to be apart of such a great system. We are especially thankful this month for the partnership we have with our counterparts at University of Colorado Hospital, the Trauma/Emergency Department at Poudre Valley Hospital (PVH) and UCHealth EMS. Collaboration between these departments allowed us to pilot the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) program at PVH with Poudre High School in March.

Throughout the program the students heard from experts in each of those departments where it was obvious the passion and commitment they have for their profession. The passion spilled over into a desire to prevent those students from ever encountering them while on duty. Hearing this made the students more aware of their actions and the ripple effect – where an action does not only affect yourself but others as well.

We truly appreciate everyone’s dedication to treating patients and taking time out of their day to educate on prevention. The P.A.R.T.Y program would not run without their help!

Poudre Valley Hospital is a level III trauma center and opened in 1925. The new Emergency Department opened in February 2017 to accommodate their growing census and provide optimum care to patients and their families. PVH and MCR are apart of the UCHealth System.

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