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.