Monday, January 22, 2018

Tips for Safe and Warm Car Seats

Image result for car seats coloradoWinter Coats Hazardous to Children Riding in Car Seats
Car Seats Colorado Shares Tips for Bundling up Safely This Winter

Car Seats Colorado is reminding parents and caregivers that bulky winter coats pose a danger to children riding in car seats and should not be worn underneath the harness.

While it may seem counter-intuitive (who wouldn’t bundle their child up when it’s freezing outside?), strapping your child into his or her car seat while wearing a puffy winter jacket can actually be very dangerous. That’s because during a crash, the material of the coat compresses, leaving the harness straps too loose to be effective.

How do you know if your child’s coat is too bulky?

  • Put the coat on your child and strap them into their car seat. Tighten the harness until you can’t pinch any excess strap between your thumb and forefinger (this is the “pinch test” to make sure the harness is tight enough).
  • Without loosening the harness, remove your child from the car seat.
  • Take the coat off, put your child back in the car seat and buckle the harness.
  • Now try the pinch test again — if you can pinch excess fabric on the shoulder strap then the coat is too bulky to be worn under the harness.

Here’s what to do instead:

  • For infants and smaller children, put a blanket over the child in the car seat to keep them warm. Do not cover the entire car seat with the blanket — this can restrict air flow and may lead to carbon dioxide poisoning.
  • For toddlers and older children, you can put a blanket over the child after they’ve been strapped into the harness, or turn their jacket around and put their arms through it backward to keep warm.
  • Be very careful not to overheat your child — a baby bundled up with blankets in the car while the heat is blasting can quickly lead to overheating.

Car crashes are a leading cause of death among children under the age of 13 nationwide and, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), three out of four children are not properly restrained when riding in vehicles.

Factors contributing to improperly restrained children include an improperly installed car seat, use of a car seat that does not fit the child based on their size and the seat manufacturer’s limits, and not properly securing the harness or seat belt. To have your car seat inspected to ensure it is properly installed, visit one of Car Seats Colorado’s inspection stations located throughout the state. To find a car seat inspection station near you, visit

Learn more about how to keep children safe in vehicles and download informational resources at

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

ECCP: Shared Data Agenda Report

Early Childhood Colorado Partnership (ECCP) released the Shared Data Agenda Report!

The report highlights the process through which the Shared Data Agenda indicators connected to the Early Childhood Colorado Framework were identified, as well as baseline data for those indicators. In this report you'll find indicators on the early childhood workforce, protective factors such as safe, stable environments for children, and family economic stability.

Read the report to view the data, challenges and barriers to existing early childhood data, and recommendations for next steps. 

BtD Conference 2018: Diversity and Inclusion in Suicide Prevention

The 2018 Bridging the Divide (BtD) Suicide Prevention and Awareness Summit will be held May 17-18, 2018 at the Regis University Lowell Campus.

The theme for BtD is Diversity and Inclusion in Suicide Prevention and we are looking for presentations to feature at this year's summit. 

If you would like to present at the event, information to submit your presentation for consideration can be found here:

ECHO Learning Series on Pediatric Sexual Abuse


PEDIATRIC SEXUAL ABUSE ASSESSMENT IN PRIMARY CARE: Resources, Assessments, Decisions, and Reporting

Commitment: Six weekly ECHO sessions held Tuesdays from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (MT) January 23rd - February 27th, 2018

Audience: Pediatric Primary Care Providers (MD, DO, NP, PA) in Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY)







Register here:

Interested in resiliency? Attend ResilienceCon 2018

ResilienceCon is a new approach to conferences that offers a variety of traditional and innovative formats. ResilienceCon offers opportunities to interact with colleagues who are interested in strengths-based approaches to understanding, preventing, and responding to violence and other adversities.

This conference will be of interest to: researchers, students, and providers from psychology, social work, education, sociology, criminology, public health, prevention, and related fields.

We are seeking conference proposals on all aspects of resilience, strengths, well-being, and adversity in individuals, families, and communities. See the Call for Submissions for detailed topics. Submission Deadline: February 9, 2018, 11:59 PM CST.

CDC Vital Signs: Safe Sleep for Babies

Every year, there are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among US babies. Despite the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations, 22% of mothers report not placing their baby on his or her back to sleep and 39% of mothers report using soft bedding when placing babies to sleep.

The January 2018 issue of Vital Signs focuses on safe sleep. The issue includes an infographic, fact sheet, video and more, as well as action steps for health care providers, state and local health departments, and caregivers..

Funding: Trusted Adults & Youth Health Education Program

The Retail Marijuana Education Program released RFA #9254 Trusted Adults & Youth Health Education Program.  Approximately $440,000 annually is available.

Deadline to apply is February 16, 2018.

The purpose of RFA #9254 for the Trusted Adults & Youth Health Education Program is to fund local outreach and education to youth-serving professionals and parents, Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers, and adults in the lives of LGBTQ young people to prevent youth marijuana use.

RFA Application, Information and Timeline can be found here: