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injury prevention

Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability to children in the United States. Dayton Children’s is dedicated to preventing childhood injury in our region. Dayton Children’s Office of Community Health and Engagement recognizes the power of partnership to keep kids in our community safe. We work within our community to reduce instances of injury in the following ways:

  • Educate the community about child safety, injury risks and prevention
  • Focus on injury risk areas that affect our region, and develop effective means to increase safety practices
  • Facilitate sustainable partnerships for injury prevention in our region

Signature injury prevention programs that address the leading causes of injury to children in our community include:

safe kids greater dayton

One way we reach out into the community is by leading the local Safe Kids Greater Dayton coalition. Safe Kids Greater Dayton is one of more than 300 state and local coalitions formed as part of Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Kids Worldwide is the first national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury. The campaign was launched in 1988 to address what was then a little recognized problem: More children younger than age 14 were being killed by what people call "accidents" (motor vehicle crashes, fires and other injuries) than by any other cause.

The goal of Safe Kids Greater Dayton is to serve in a leadership role in the education of parents/care givers, children, educators, health care providers, public and private organizations, legislators and the community about the impact of childhood injuries. The Coalition covers seven counties including Butler, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren.

Through community events and injury prevention programs, Safe Kids Greater Dayton plays an active role in engaging children and adults in safety education.

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To learn more about Safe Kids Greater Dayton or to become a new member contact Abbey Rymarczyk at or at 937-641-5853.

stay ahead of the game – bicycle helmets

A leading cause of death for children is head trauma from accidents where a helmet was not worn. Through the Stay Ahead of the Game program, Dayton Children's and Safe Kids Greater Dayton make helmets and, more importantly, education available to children before they have an accident.

The Stay Ahead of the Game program provides organizations who promote bicycle safety in our 20-county service area up to 25 free helmets to be distributed and fitted during bicycle rodeos and other education-based events.

This program would not be possible without the generous support of our funders.

To request helmets please use our helmet request form at least 4 weeks prior to a scheduled event.

car seat safety program

Child safety seats are as important as your child's immunizations in protecting his or her life and health. Did you know that the greatest danger to children older than age one is car accidents? Fortunately, serious injuries and deaths can be prevented simply by using a child safety seat or restraint that is appropriate for your child's age.

Dayton Children’s conducts monthly car seat checks by appointment as well as car seat checks in the community throughout the year to help you keep your child riding safely.

During a car seat inspection, your car seat will be checked for recalls. Then the technician will work with you to make sure your car seat is properly installed in your vehicle. Most car seat checks take 30 to 45 minutes. The legal guardian must be present during the car seat check and ideally the child is present as well. This ensures that the car seat is the right fit for your child.

If you are expecting a child, we will be happy to help you install your seat and answer any questions you have before your child's arrival.

You can also use our Kohl’s Car Seat app to help determine what type of car seat your child needs.

Visit our events calendar to find the next car seat check near you.

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact us at 937-641-5673.

cribs for kids

Unsafe sleep practices remain a leading cause of death to infants younger than 1 year of age. In Ohio, about 15 percent of infant deaths are caused by sleep-related incidents.

One key component of addressing unsafe sleep practices is to ensure infants have a safe place to sleep. Dayton Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce our partnership with the Ohio Department of Health and Cribs for Kids to provide infant survival kits to families in our community.

about cribs for kids

Cribs for Kids® is a National Infant Safe Sleep Program administered through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome of Pennsylvania (SIDSPA). Through their research, SIDSPA has found that babies who sleep in unsafe sleep environments, including adult beds, are at 40 times greater risk of dying from SIDS. Cribs for Kids® has been identified as a key factor in reducing the rate of infant deaths due to SIDS and accidental suffocation. The safe sleep education program will help reduce the risk of injury and death of infants due to unsafe sleep environments. Cribs for Kids® has been providing safe sleep education with the intervention of a Graco Pack ‘n Play portable crib, to families who cannot otherwise afford a safe place for their babies to sleep since 1998.

how our program works

Parents/caregivers attend a one hour safe-sleep class given by trained staff. At the end of the class, parents/caregivers are provided with a Graco Pack ‘n Play portable crib. We also offer a complete ‘Safe Sleep Survival Kit’, which contains a Halo Sleep Sack (wearable blanket), a Pack n Play crib sheet, and a pacifier approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics.


This program is open to all families in our service region. Our program requirements:

  • A mother in the third trimester of pregnancy or who has a child 4 months or younger
  • The family/caregiver must receive education on safe sleep, proper use of pack n play, and use of other materials in the survival kit, and
  • The family/caregiver must meet WIC income eligibility guidelines

Referrals and appointments can be made by calling 937-641-3700.

calendar of events

Throughout the year Dayton Children’s participates and hosts a variety of injury prevention events. Check out our event calendar to find one coming up near you!