Free car seats available to families who qualify. To receive a car seat, applicants attend a short class to learn the correct placement and use of the car seat.
To apply, applicants must be:
- Eligible for Medicaid ,WIC, FAMIS or qualify by income
- Resident of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, or Nelson
- Legal residents of Virginia
- If pregnant, in the last three months of pregnancy
- Parent, legal guardian or foster parent
Complete the application below and return to your local health department.
For more information about child passenger safety, Virginia laws and other resources:
Short videos from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia review seat installation tips and safety for rear facing, forward facing and booster car seats.
English: Car Seat and Child Passenger Safety Videos | Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Safe Kid’s Ultimate Car Seat Guide – In English and Spanish
Use your child’s date of birth or due date and weight to learn about choosing and installing the right type of car seat.
The Blue Ridge Safe Sleep Program is a community effort to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of safe sleep in the prevention of SIDS and SUID. A limited number of cribs are available by agency referral to households meeting income guidelines.
Cribettes are for babies under 1 year and weighing 30 pounds or less. The cribette has a bassinet attachment for babies under 15 pounds.
- Be a parent, legal guardian, or foster parent of a child under the age of 1 year
- A resident of Charlottesville/Albemarle, Louisa, Greene, Nelson, or Fluvanna
- Financially eligible or participating in Medicaid, WIC, SNAP, SSI or TANF
- Apply through a referring agency or through your local health department
- Available for review of safe sleep guidelines and crib safety education session
Safe Sleep Links
For parents: The Safe Sleep Academy from Cribs for Kids has short videos on a range of sleep topics, including baby safety and what to expect from your baby’s ages and stages.
For information on recalls of cribs, baby seats and other infant care items:
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Community coalition coordinating efforts to reduce infant mortality/morbidity and associated racial disparities in the greater-Charlottesville area.
Past community collaborative projects include:
- Baby Basics Community Education through a March of Dimes Grant
- Creation of a Perinatal Resource Guide
- Postpartum Depression and Anxiety training sessions for area perinatal professionals
Meetings are held quarterly via Zoom.
For more information or to join us contact Diane Sampson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 434-972-6241.
Listening to the Living project team is charged with developing local action plans to address racial disparity in maternal health and birth outcomes.