Reduced Cost Car Seats Available for Qualifying Low Income Families

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center is dedicated to protecting child passengers throughout Northeast Ohio by aiding parents and caregivers in making important decisions about how best to restrain their child passengers, providing assistance with properly using and installing car seats, and working to ensure that all families – regardless of their financial circumstances – have access to the resources they need to help their children travel safely.

The Rainbow Injury Prevention Center is able to assist low income families by providing car seats at a cost significantly discounted from retail prices, together with education in installing and using the seats. Proof of government assistance (WIC, HEAP, CHIP, Food Stamps, etc.) is required.

To access this program call 216-844-2277 to reserve a spot in the class:

Rainbow Center for Women & Children
5805 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland OH 44103
Third Friday of every month, 1 p.m.
Appointment required.

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, working together with the Cleveland Division of Police, also offers a distribution class on Cleveland’s near west side:

Car Seat Fitting Station
Second District Police Station

3481 Fulton Road
Cleveland OH 44109
First Friday of every month, 4 – 6 p.m.
No appointment necessary.

Additionally, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital serves as the regional coordinator for the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB) program. Periodically throughout the year, the hospital receives free seats from the Ohio Department of Health that are distributed on a first come-first served basis to participants in one of the car seat distribution classes above. For more information on the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program, visit https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/child-injury/media/regional-coord/

Contact information for local coordinators for the OBB programs in our region is listed below:

County Contact Phone Email
Ashland Shirley Bixby
Ashland County Health Department
Ashland
419-994-5102
Cuyahoga Heidi Dolan
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Cleveland
216-983-1109
Erie Sarah Hopperton
Erie County Health Department
Sandusky
419-626-5623 x198
Geauga Heidi Dolan (Interim)
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Cleveland
216-983-1109
Huron Christina Cherry
Huron County Public Health
Norwalk
567-244-3230
Lake Renee Meier
TriPoint Medical Center
Painesville
440-354-1259
Lorain Katie Bevan
Lorain County Public Health
Elyria
440-322-6367
Medina Annie Jarke
Community Action – Medina
Medina
330-723-2229
Richland Reed Richmond
Mansfield-Richland Health
Mansfield
419-774-4731
Wayne Bethany Kessler
Community Action Wayne
Wooster
330-723-2229
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