JANUARY 18, 2006

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OSU-OKC certifies first students nationwide as child passenger safety technicians

OSU-Oklahoma City Early Care Program boasts the first students nationwide to earn college credit as they become Child Passenger Safety Technicians with SAFE Kids Worldwide. OSU-OKC is the first college to ever offer college credit and make child passenger safety and transportation part of a degree program.

In recognition of their efforts, students hosted a free “Child Safety Seat Checkup” event. Certified Child Passenger Safety Specialists educated parents and caregivers on proper installation of child car seats and addressed common car seat questions, such as how to prevent children from climbing out of a car seat, how to make the car seat stay in place and when is a good time to turn a baby’s car seat around to face forward.

“Statewide, this is big news in early care because the Department of Human Services, who licenses regulations for child care facilities, is in the process of revising current regulations to include specific training in child passenger safety and transportation,” said Kim Pearsall, OSU-OKC department head of Early Care Education.

Students earning college credit to become Child Passenger Safety Technicians must complete the fast track 8-week course based on the National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training program. In addition to the national requirements, OSU-OKC students participate in the Precision Driving Technique course, which teaches emergency maneuvers, accident avoidance, and 15-passenger van principles.

OSU-OKC offers the state’s only Certificate of Mastery in Early Care Education Administration, and Early Care Education Associate of Applied Science degree. The Early Care Education program provides the skills, knowledge and hands-on training necessary for a career in child care.

Contact: Gayle Berry, OSU-OKC director of public relations, 405.947.4421