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Transportation Safety

Transporting children in a vehicle is a huge responsibility that must be taken seriously. Traffic accidents are unpredictable, but precautions can be taken to ensure the safest environment possible for children and other passengers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for persons between the ages of 5 and 29. While not all vehicle accidents are preventable, many can be avoided with proper training and attention to detail.

In 2015, more than 870 children age 0-12 were killed and thousands more were injured in vehicle accidents. Many of these incidents could have been avoided if the adults transporting the children had taken more responsibility to ensure the children were properly restrained, the vehicles were in good working condition, and distractions inside the vehicle were minimized. Most child care centers transport children for two main reasons: field trips and picking up school-age children at school and transporting them to the center for after-school care. In both instances, it's imperative to follow all safety regulations. Your center should have a written, comprehensive general transportation policy covering all aspects of center transportation, ranging from vehicle maintenance and passenger safety to minimum driver requirements and safe driving practices. In addition, a separate transportation policy should be developed for parents explaining center rules such as pick-up and drop-off procedures at the center, emergency procedures, and the use of parent vehicles and drivers for filed trips.

It's important to remember that your center's transportation policies should reflect your own state regulations. Most states use the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) guidelines when developing state regulations. However, federal agencies typically provide recommendations and regulations, which are not legally binding. As a result, regulations may vary significantly from state to state, so it's essential that all providers check their state regulations before transporting children.

Regardless of your own center's policies, always follow these transportation safety tips: 
  • Seat children younger than 13 in the back seat
  • Use appropriate restraints for a child's age and size
  • Follow the directions in the instruction manuals for both the child restraint and the vehicle
  • Never leave kids alone in or around vehicles
Safely transporting children should be at the forefront of responsibility for child care providers and parents alike. Child care centers should have predetermined responsibilities to assist in the safe transportation for the children in their care. These responsibilities should be defined for all roles including supervisors, drivers, and other staff with relation to transporting young children. As previously mentioned, you should always have a full understanding of your center's transportation policies and your states transportation policies. Safe transportation plays a consistent and long-term role in the lives of children. It's imperative that we follow the safety precautions in place to ensure the future success of young children everywhere.  

Transportation Issues
Article Courtesy of
Accountability for child care centers is at an all-time high. Lawsuits threaten to close many doors. How can you insure a tragic situation doesn't happen to your center? And what about the responsibility of drivers you hire for center vans that pickup and return children back home? Or for field trips? What about children with disabilities?  View Article 

     Car and Road Safety            
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Some of our best memories with our kids take place while traveling. It might be those crazy summer road trips, or walking to and from school every day. But either way, we're here to help make sure you have all the information you need to keep your kids safe in and around cars, on the bus or on the sidewalk. View Article
This Month's Trial Course: Transportation and Field Trip Safety   
CCEI offers ADM103: Basic Transportation and Field Trip Safety for Child Care Centers as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of May.

This course presents recommended practices and policies for the safe, developmentally appropriate transport of young children to and from child care centers. Information is based primarily on federal safety standards, which are generally used as the basis for state standards. Topics include staff training and support; recommended vehicle types and maintenance routines; child passenger restraint systems; operating procedures and practices; safe loading and unloading procedures; field trip safety, and more.

Contact Admissions at 1.800.499.9907, or visit for more information or to enroll online.


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