PA Car Seat Law to Keep Children Safe

PA’s Promise for Children

Pennsylvania Law requires a child younger than two years of age to be secured in a rear-facing car seat. Find what the law means for your child and how you can get a free car seat check to ensure you child is safe while in a vehicle.

Which Vaccinations Should Your Child Have and When?

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Your child will need their first immunization at birth and then several more later. This list shows when each shot is due.

Grief and Loss

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation 

It can be challenging to identify that a young child is experiencing and attempting to deal with loss or grief. Find out symptoms and get resources to help your child deal with grief and loss.

Explore the Food Groups

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

A resource that offers fact sheets about the five food groups, tips on eating healthy and tools to build good habits.

MyPlate Food Quizzes

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Eating healthy foods is part of helping your child grow. How knowledgeable are you about fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy? The U.S. Department of Agriculture has five short online quizzes to test how much you know.

Reduce the Risk of Choking in Young Children at Mealtimes

USDA Food and Nutrition Services
 
Children under the age of four are at a high risk of choking while eating. Created for families and caregivers of young children, this colorful four-page resource from the USDA Food and Nutrition Services includes tips on:
  • Preparing foods to make them easier to chew
  • Choking hazards to avoid
  • Ways to model and teach good eating habits and more

Available in English and Spanish.

Reduce the Risk of Poisoning

American Association of Poison Control Centers

This site offers prevention strategies from poison-proofing the home to protecting against food-borne illness.

PA Healthy Pantry Initiative

PA Department of Health

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is committed to increasing access to healthy food and beverage options through the Pennsylvania Healthy Pantry Initiative (PA HPI). The Department has partnered with Feeding Pennsylvania and its member food banks to increase healthy inventory available to food pantries. A registered dietitian with Feeding Pennsylvania and a nutrition educator in the participating food banks will guide pantries through phases to increase healthy food and beverage options. 

Sesame Street in Communities

Sesame Street in Communities

A special initiative, called Sesame Street in Communities, offers free materials, including videos, books and games to help families and caregivers help young children cope with traumatic experiences.

3 Reasons Good Infant Mental Health Matters

Pennsylvania Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health

Infant Mental Health is the optimal social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of children ages 0 to 3, developed by secure and stable relationships with nurturing caregivers. The infographic, 3 Reasons Good Infant Mental Health Matters, from the PA Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health provides information on how brain architecture, body & health, and behaviors & relationships can impact the mental health of infants.

Bedroom Safety for Children of All Ages

PA’s Promise for Children

A child’s bedroom can be a multi-purpose room, used for sleeping, quiet time, or play. The bedroom should also be a safe place for your child. Take time to ensure your child’s safety won’t stop at the bedroom door with these tips.

Keeping Your Child’s Food Safe to Eat

PA’s Promise for Children

You take the time to pack your child healthy lunch or snack for Kindergarten or early childhood education program, so keep it safe to eat. Use these tips to make sure you child stays healthy and engaged by protecting them from food-borne illness.

Start a Smile Early!

PA’s Promise for Children

It’s never too early to be thinking of your child’s smile—even if teeth have not yet appeared. Taking care of your child’s smile begins at birth.

Coats and Car Seats

PA’s Promise for Children

Winter means keeping kids warm, but did you know that babies and young children in car seats should NOT wear puffy coats or snowsuits when in their car seat? Find out how to keep your child safe during the winter months.

Is Your Family Ready for An Emergency?

PA’s Promise for Children

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, but you can help your family prepare for an emergency like floods, fires, winter storms and more during any month.

Sleep Now to Stay Healthy Later

PA’s Promise for Children

Infants who sleep less may have lower cognitive and language skills by age two. However, addressing risk factors early can help avoid more serious problems later. Get tips on helping your child get the sleep they need to say healthy.

Buckle Up Safely

PA’s Promise for Children

Using the correct car seat or booster can be a lifesaver: make sure your child is always buckled in an age- and size-appropriate car seat or booster seat. Find out which car seat your child should use.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

American Psychological Association

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is a day for everyone to learn about and promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth their families. 

Our Kids....To Infinity & Beyond! Group

The Our Kids….To Infinity & Beyond! private group on Facebook is for family members who have, and professionals who work with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The focus is on advocacy, self-advocacy, self-determination. This is a safe place to ask questions, get advice, or share stories.

Winter Safety Tips for Kids

American Academy of Pediatrics

Whether winter brings severe storms, light dustings or just cold temperatures, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has valuable tips on how to keep your children safe and warm. 

Keeping Your Child Safe from Lead

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Lead can affect every organ of the body. Because young children are growing and developing so quickly, they are more susceptible to lead’s toxic effects. Find out what you can do to keep your child safe from the exposure to and effects of lead.

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