The Free Press, Mankato, MN

October 20, 2011

Ask a trooper: Does day care provider need child seat training?


Minnesota State Patrol

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Persons who transport children,  under 9 years old, for licensed care need to have the mandated training. Primarily the concern is that  day care and foster care facilities transport children safely . 

The mandate is through the MN Department of Health but training is provided through MN Office of Traffic Safety by certified technicians/instructors for NHTSA based Child Passenger Safety Standards/Training.

The training is 3 hours long and has to be completed once every five years. It is a great idea, as the training brings the basics of child passenger safety to these people who have our children a great deal of the time, and gives them the background to transport our children according to best practices and an awareness of the resources to access.

Minnesota has a Child Passenger Safety [CPS] Board out of the MN Office of Traffic Safety. They have had a valuable website for years:  www.buckleupkids.state.mn.us

On this website there is a abundance of information. The site outlines restraint/booster use, training and who to contact in your area who is CPS certified, as well as how to contact the State Chair.

I encourage everyone to visit this site if you have a child under 9 and are concerned about the proper child seats , restraints and/or installation, which statistics show is the majority of us.  The next and final article, in this series, will cover more child passenger safety and crash dynamics.