To promote the prevention of childhood injuries in McKean County through education, collaboration and advocacy.
In 2005 the CARE for Children Board of Directors identified child safety and injury prevention as a new initiative for the organization after learning that several children who were receiving therapeutic services were disabled because of accidental injuries. In April of 2006, CARE learned that McKean County did not have a Safe Kids chapter and applied to Safe Kids Pennsylvania for recognition of a local chapter. Upon approval CARE sought out the support of other community partners and stakeholders in child safety initiatives to form the advisory council. The United Way of the Bradford Area and Safe Kids Pennsylvania provided essential start up funding and a private foundation also provided significant support to get the new chapter off the ground.
In 2014 Safe Kids Worldwide sought to move smaller chapters into larger coalitions with specific parameters for operating including the disclosure of major donors and a set number of hours per week devoted to injury prevention activities. The CARE for Children Board of Directors voted in August 2014 to not pursue becoming or joining a larger coalition and effectively dissolved the chapter. CARE’s child safety and injury prevention program was encouraged to become a partner of the State by Safe Kids Pennsylvania and now the designation is Safe Kids Pennsylvania- McKean County Partner. In January 2015 CARE hired a Social Worker/Outreach Coordinator to oversee the advocacy and educational efforts of our safety and injury prevention efforts.
CARE for Children’s Board of Directors annually designates a portion of the agency budget including personnel costs to child safety and injury prevention efforts, and CARE serves as the fiscal agency for the partnership.
How does Safe Kids Pennsylvania- McKean County Partner fulfill its mission?
- We sponsor effective injury reduction activities targeted to regional needs.
- We promote awareness and education among child injury prevention advocates.
- We support public policies and programs that reduce injuries among children and youth.
- We provide safety education to children and youth in the major risk areas of traffic safety, water safety, fire safety, poisoning and falls prevention.
We need the support of volunteers like YOU!
The Advisory Council is a committee of representatives from various organizations; and individuals who are committed to the Safe Kids’ mission of preventing injuries to children in McKean County willing to assist and support the development of on-going activities for Safe Kids McKean.
McKean County Cribs for Kids – The program developed by Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative provides safe sleep environments for families in need and provides a consistent safe sleep message to the community. The goal is to reduce the number of accidental infant sleep-related deaths.
With funding from the Philo and Sarah Blaisdell Foundation, CARE was able to purchase portable cribs from the National Cribs for Kids Program as well as fitted sheets, infant sleep sacks, and educational materials. Health care providers, at-home visitors, Children and Youth Services, and early childhood programs are all encouraged to make referrals to the program.
Home Safety Program – In an effort to help local families that may be in need of home childproofing and safety items as well as information,
health and human services agencies can make referrals for families to receive, at no charge, items that may include childproofing kits, plug covers, appliance locks, furniture wall straps, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, universal cable gun locks, as well as poison prevention materials and Mr. Yuk stickers. Families may also contact CARE directly for childproofing and safety items.
During the ongoing pandemic, arrangements will be made for item delivery or pick-up while practicing safe social distancing practices.
For the Home Safety Program Referral Form, click here.
Free Smoke Detectors in McKean County – Smoke detectors are available through CARE’s Home Safety Program (see above).
Carbon Monoxide Detector Program – With the help of funding from Seneca Resources, the exploration and production segment of National Fuel Gas Company, CARE’s carbon monoxide detector program aims to provide a free detector and safety information to families in need. To be eligible for the program, a short application form must be filled out by the requesting family and all guidelines must be met. For helpful carbon monoxide safety tips, click here.
Car Seat Safety Checks – A senior certified child passenger seat specialist provides car seat checks at safety fairs, independent car seat safety events, and by appointment. CARE for Children generally has funding to replace old or outdated car seats for parents. Please contact CARE for Children for more information on the Car Seat Program.
Ride Safe/ Bicycle Safety Events – We partner with local communities and school districts to host events and programs at which children can be fitted for and receive a bicycle helmet, if need be. Participants also receive various other safety items and materials. Events have been held in Bradford, Eldred, Kane, Port Allegany and Smethport.
Community Safety Fairs – The McKean County Partnership holds safety fairs in communities across the county. Safety Fairs may have car seat safety check zones, helmet fittings and giveaways, and safety items and materials from various organizations.
Educational Workshops – The McKean County Partnership holds educational workshops & trainings for parents and professionals. Please check the Special Events link for more information.
Child Safety Presentations – Members from the McKean County Partnership present to classrooms across the county as well as civic groups and other organizations. Contact CARE for Children for more information.
Information & Referral – The McKean County Partnership has current child safety information as well as referral services. Contact CARE for more information or visit Child Safety Zone link on this page.
Safe Kids Pennsylvania- McKean County Partner
CARE for Children
P.O. Box 616
723 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Phone: (814) 362-4621
Fax: (814) 362-1066