Mini-grant Opportunity for Child Passenger Safety Activities

Washington’s Child Passenger Safety Program is accepting applications for mini-grants to support activities for fiscal year 2023 (October 1, 2022 through September 30, 2023). If you are interested in applying, watch the pre-application seminar and invite your fiscal person to view as well. It covers tips for generating an application, the scoring process, and includes information about submitting for reimbursement payments. Proposals will be accepted through September 15th.


What are your goals for next year? Would you like to host a child passenger safety technician course? Provide continuing education units and seat sign-off opportunities? Conduct a special event at an elementary school or daycare? The mini-grant program can help support your efforts!


If you are a service provider for the State’s program or a mini-grant recipient, it is important you also watch the pre-application session.


Soon this session will be placed at along with all of the other necessary items associated with the mini-grant program and those providing child passenger safety services.

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The following are deadlines for grant reimbursements:

  • All invoices for goods received or services performed on or prior to June 30th, must be received by Cesi Velez, Project Manager, by July 20th.
  • Invoices for goods received or services performed between July 1st and September 30th, must be received by Cesi Velez, Project Manager, no later than October 20th.



The official grant announcement will be shared in August. There will continue to be two opportunities; hosting a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) course and/or supporting local child passenger safety activities. Everyone is encouraged to conduct outreach to our most underserved populations by considering outreach to ECEAP and Headstart programs, local public housing sites supported by Housing and Urban Development (HUD), or schools having high free or reduced lunch program use. Active participation of the National Digital Check Form will be required of mini-grant recipients.



Much progress has been made in transitioning Washington State to using the NDCF. After working with your local CPS leadership, experienced technicians who support local car seat check events and/or are listed on NHTSA’s site of services, have been identified to receive a tablet to help with the change to the digital form. We are in the process of distributing the tablets. Attached you will find the User Guide. As of October 1, 2022 (start of fiscal year 2023); you will no longer need to submit a quarterly report as activity will be gathered from the NDCF program. The next two quarters’ report will be dependent on whether you are using the NDCF program. Continue to turn in activity reports if you are NOT using the NDCF.


Becoming familiar with the NDCF if very important. I have attached the current version for your use. Print and start using this form immediately (Spanish and English) if you are not already using the digital format. There are several tutorials on setting up an account and using the program at  I will be announcing virtual trainings soon.



Be sure to complete your quarterly activity report and send to your local communications lead for your region. Use this tracking report and destroy prior versions. The report due dates are:


October, November, December 1/10/22
January, February, March 4/10/22
April, May, June 7/10/22
July, August, September 10/10/22



Remember to consult the most current recall list when conducting seat checks. For those using the NDCF, save this location and ensure use of the latest edition dated 4/20/22.



Automobiles have recalls as well. There are currently 53.2 million vehicles on the road with open recalls. Here is a resource to find out if a vehicle has one; simply by VIN or license plate number. It’s free to check and free to repair at a dealer.

Vehicle Recall Check by VIN or License Plate | Check to Protect



It is with much appreciation that I share the work performed to assist newly arriving families to Washington State. Shawneri Guzman, South County Fire, and Erica Littlewood, North Sound ACH, began the very first outreach efforts for Afghan families. Discovering the need stretched far, Eastside Baby Corner was able to provide additional education and the WA CPS Program provided the child restraints and educational materials. Great work and coordination by everyone!



Have you visited the website lately? We have updated some items and trying to make it easier to find what you need. Most forms needed for invoicing, mini-grant information, NDCF use, and even some educational items are available. Have a look around and pay special attention to Resources.



Another great resource is the state printer where you can order free educational materials. In addition to English and Spanish, the Growing & Going brochure is now available in Dari, Pashto and Ukrainian. It is simple to order items; set up a free account – place an order.



As a result of our outreach with the refugee families, a child passenger safety booklet was translated to include Dari, Pashto and Ukrainian. I have a limited amount of these items already printed. If you are interested or have a need; please drop me a message. You can also include a purchase on your next mini-grant request as they are available for purchase at Car Seat Guide for Parents



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has resources available to you. I have attached a list of links.


Wishing you a safe, healthy and happy holiday weekend.


Cesi Velez, Project Manager

WA Child Passenger Safety

CPST Course Catalog for 2022

March 2022

Clark County – Vancouver (NUNA)
3/22, 3/23/ 3/24, 3/25
Lead: Robert Wall,

April 2022

Chelan County – Wenatchee
April 19, 20, 21, 22
Lead: Julie Wilcox,
Renee Witmer

Clallam County – Sequim
4/25, 4/27, 4/28, 4/29
Lead: Doris Girt,
Marsha Seeley, Shawneri Guzman

June 2022

Snohomish County – Everett
June 6, 8, 9 ,10
Lead: Doris Girt,
Shawneri Guzman, Erica Littlewood

July 2022

Pierce County – Sumner (DIONO)
End of July/early August
Lead: Dana Hutchinson,

For additional information on becoming a nationally certified child passenger safety technician, visit You can also click on FIND A COURSE and sign up for email alerts when courses are added.

Safe Kids Snohomish County partners with local Head Start groups across the county.

Early Head Start (EHS) is a program for families on a limited income with children from birth to three years old and pregnant women. Other Head Start/ECEAP programs serve children from birth to 5 years old.  It is a free program that provides comprehensive child development, early learning and parent support services to low income families.


Early Head Start enrolls pregnant women and families with children up to 30 months of age. Families are income-eligible if their total income is less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (PDF). Families with infants and toddlers with a diagnosed disability or other special need may still be eligible even if they are over income limits. Families who are homeless according to the McKinney-Vento Act, receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or have a foster child, are categorically eligible.

How to get started:

  • Search for programs in your area (i.e. county website, schools and community colleges)
  • Make contact with the program manager.
  • Set up a meet and greet with staff (typically during a staff meeting – can be done in person or virtually) to share your program and services.
  • Gather important information such as ages served and languages represented.
  • Ask to be a speaker during one of their regularly scheduled parenting classes to share education on a variety of topics (we speak 2x per year on child passenger safety and fire safety).  Allow time for questions as there are typically many!

Services Offered by Safe Kids Snohomish County:

  • Printed seasonal safety information in various languages.
  • Car seat checks (in person or virtual).
  • Seat check event at their location.
  • Free (or for donation) convertible and booster seats or other safety devices such as bike helmets, sleep sacks, smoke and CO alarms.

Overcoming Language Gaps:

  • Head Start programs have embedded workers that can translate during presentations.
  • Staff can facilitate seat checks by working out the time, place and details about the family, seats needed, vehicle info, paperwork, etc.
  • Typically we meet caregivers with a Head Start staff person for seat checks so they can provide translation.