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.
Bringing Up Safe Babies -The Bringing Up Safe Babies Program was started several years ago with United Way Funding and gives the parents of babies born at BRMC a bag with pertinent child safety information, child development materials, community information including the Resource Directory, the smoke detector program and Early Intervention information as well as safety items like plug covers and Mr. Yukk Stickers. Parents also receive a gift certificate to redeem for a free childproofing kit.
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.
Free Smoke Detectors for the Bradford Area – Safe Kids McKean County chapter works with the Bradford City Fire Department for their Fire Safety Program for Families. Contact the Bradford City Fire Department at 814-368-3141 for more information.
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.
Cribs for Kids – The McKean County Partnership has received grants from both Safe Kids Pennsylvania, the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc and the PA Department of Health for pack-n-play portable cribs, which are distributed to families with babies under 1 year ofage who do not have a safe sleep environment. Please contact the PA Department of Health at 814-368-0426 for more information.
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.
Ride Safe Safety Events – We partner with local communities to host events at which children can be fitted for and receive a bicycle helmet, if need be. Participants also receive various other safety items and materials, and are able to take part in a bicycle safety derby. Events have been held in Bradford, Eldred, Kane, Port Allegany and Smethport.
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