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Press Release: Octobert 2, 2017
Habitot Children's Museum
Media Contact: Toni Mikulka, Marketing Manager
Direct: (510) 647-1111 x17; toni@habitot.org
Public Information: www.habitot.org
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Habitotís Annual Early Childhood Safety Campaign:

Free Car Seat Inspections

(Berkeley, CA) October 2, 2017

As part of Habitot Children’s Museum 17th Annual Safety Campaign, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, the museum is offering this free child car seat inspection in collaboration with SafeKids Alameda County, on Saturday, October 7th at UC Village, 1125 Jackson Street, Albany, CA 94706. From 10am-11am UC Village residents will be given priority for inspections and should register with Anna Bowen, UCB community advisor: anna.bowden@berkeley.edu From 11am-12pm, car seat inspections are open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.

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Trained technicians will install a new, or inspect caregivers’ existing car seats, for correct placement and safety. Participants will receive a Free Family Guest Pass for Habitot admission.  For more info visit Habitot.org.

The car seat inspections are offered with the support of the Alameda Police Department, retired police officer, Bob Rollins, local technicians from SafeKids California, and State Farm Insurance.

In a recent survey completed by State Farm Insurance, revealing data shows some alarming statistics (see full safety survey results here):

  • Less than half of parents (44 percent) surveyed kept their child rear-facing until two years of age or longer.

  • Only 23 percent of parents had a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician check their car seat installation and usage.

  • Two-thirds of parents (68 percent) did not anchor the top tether of the forward-facing car seat to the back of the vehicle seat.

Habitot’s Early Childhood Safety Campaign aims to put an end to these dangers that directly impact young children.

 

About Habitot Children's Museum

Habitot’s mission is to help parents and caregivers raise curious, creative and confident children with hands-on exhibits and programs to focus exclusively on early childhood, ages 0-5. Habitot aims to reach all children with play via free admission days and in dedicated programs for children experiencing special needs, teen parents, formerly incarcerated mothers, children experiencing homelessness and children in the foster care system.

Since opening nineteen years ago in 1998, Habitot has welcomed over 1,125,000 visitors, filling a niche for new parents and caregivers who seek safe and enriching experiences for young children, with parenting support, a toy lending library, affordable music and art classes, immersive learning exhibits, a drop-in Art Studio, role playing centers.

Habitot Children's Museum has been recognized as the "best museum for families" by Bay Area Parent Magazine readers. In addition, Habitot's founder, Gina Moreland, has been honored with a Bay Area "Jefferson Award", and was the City of Berkeley's "Early Childhood Champion of the Year." Habitot received the GuideStar Exchange Silver participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. Annually since 2010, Habitot has been designated a "Top-Rated Nonprofit" by GreatNonprofits, a leading provider of reviews and ratings of nonprofit organizations. Habitot participates in the Association of Children’s Museum’s program, “Museum’s For All,” which accepts EBT cards and ensures that all children may enjoy museums regardless of their income.

Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 647-1111
www.habitot.org