Tuscarawas County receives funding for child safety equipment

(Dover, Ohio) – Help is available for Tuscarawas County area families in need of child safety equipment for their infants and toddlers thanks to a grant of $25,000 that was awarded to the Tuscarawas County Health Department (TCHD) by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund.

How it’s Paid For

The grant funds TCHD’s Safe Beginnings Program which assists families with safety education and safety support items to allow their babies and children to make a safe and healthy start.

“Our Safe Beginnings Program improves the quality of life for area families by ensuring parents and guardians have the knowledge and equipment needed to provide a safe home environment for their children,” explained Kelly Snyder, TCHD Health Educator. “Each family that qualifies receives education about safe sleep and other safety topics as needed.”

How to Participate

To participate in the Safe Beginnings Program and receive child safety equipment available, families must have a household income within 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Those who are eligible for WIC and Medicaid automatically qualify. Each eligible family receives education over the phone and up to $200 in safety support items such as cribs with mattresses, temporal thermometers, toddler beds with mattresses, baby monitors, home childproofing kits, safety gates, combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, highchairs, or strollers.

What’s Been Provided in the Past

In 2020, TCHD provided education and safety equipment for 151 families through the Safe Beginnings Program. For more information about the Safe Beginnings Program or other TCHD programs that help area families, call 330-343-5555, ext. 111 or ext. 182, or email healthed@tchdnow.org .

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