263266 Start Safe Travel: A Safe Travel Program for Families of Preschoolers

Monday, October 29, 2012

Kristin Rosenthal, MEd, MCHES , Safe Kids Worldwide, Washington, DC
Alexis Kagiliery-Lee, MS , Safe Kids Worldwide, Washington, DC
Lorrie Walker, MS , Safe Kids Worldwide, Washington, DC
Torine Creppy , Safe Kids Worldwide, Washington, DC
Moira Donahue, MBA, MEd , Safe Kids Worldwide, Washington, DC
In 2010, Safe Kids developed pilot materials on pedestrian and passenger safety for children ages 3-5. Safe Kids coalitions in four metropolitan cities utilized the materials to conduct trainings at local Head Start centers to educate center instructors, who then trained the caregivers of the students. Pre-surveys testing caregivers' knowledge were collected prior to the training for caregivers. Educational materials were then modified to train the Head Start center instructors. After all sessions were completed, Head Start centers submitted evaluations and post-surveys to facilitate the further development of training materials. In 2011, the Start Safe Travel program was created and implemented by 100 Safe Kids coalitions. During the pilot, 359 pre-surveys were administered by the Head Start instructors. The pre- and post-surveys had eight identical questions. Pre-survey results had an average score of 59.1%. 186 post surveys were collected with an average score of 72.71%. In one city, parents' scores on knowledge for the safest seating position in a vehicle dropped from 51.08% to 10.29%. Parents' knowledge on the correct way to look before crossing the street rose from 71.3% to 90.86%. Following completion of the Start Safe Travel program, a total of 2,826 pre-surveys and 2,780 post-surveys were collected and are currently being analyzed. Open-ended evaluations were also completed by participating instructors. Based on lessons-learned from the pilot, car seat checkup event requirement was added, pre- and post-surveys were administered the same day and enforcement of Head Start instructors not deviate from the script to ensure consistent messaging.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will be able to explain how to address the lack of knowledge caregivers have regarding the transportation needs of children in the Pre-K setting.

Keywords: Child Health Promotion, Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been practicing public health education with a primary interest in injury prevention for six years. Currently, I am the Program Manager, Pedestrian Safety at Safe Kids Worldwide.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.