Resources and Advocacy

TMC for Children offers a variety of safety and educational programs for the community. Programs include education and information as well as inexpensive access to boster seats, car seats and bike helmets for those who qualify.

Car Seat Programs
In 2009, 82 children died as the result of motor vehicle crashes in Arizona. Sixty percent of these children were not properly restrained. TMC is committed to your child’s safety and offers a variety of car seat program and resources easily accessible to families.   Each year TMC loans over 1,200 car seats to families in need. From car seats for our smallest babies to special needs equipped car seats, we can help you.   As the lead agency for Safe Kids Tucson, TMC has access to over 150 certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians in Southern Arizona who can assist with proper fit and installation.
Recommendations for children of all ages:
  • Select a car seat based on your child's age, height, and weight.
  • Keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as your child fits the seat's height and weight requirements.
  • All children under 13 should ride in the backseat

Desert Kids Safety Program 

TMC for Children believes that injury is preventable. Preparing for your child’s safety is an important part of being a parent. Making your child’s environment safe starts with you….and the Desert Kids Safety program is here to help. By providing you with life saving products, we know that Southern Arizona families are better equipped to keep children safe. In partnership with the TMC Foundation, Desert Kids Safety program offers FREE bike helmets, gun locks, smoke detectors and other important home safety products. Access is simple! Call today for an appointment – (520) 324-5604.

Never Leave A Child Alone in a Car….Even for a Minute 

Hundreds of children have died in this country as a result of being left unattended in a vehicle. Temperatures in a vehicle can climb quickly and be devastating to a child. On a 100 degree day your car can reach 124 degrees within 15 minutes. On an 89 degree day your car can reach 108 degrees within 20 minutes.

Boost Your Booty:

We know that children age 5 and older are often at the most risk for injury and death in a vehicle crash. Boost Your Booty offers age and weight appropriate booster seats for children at the best price around - FREE!
And, effective August 2, 2012 it's a law! Arizona's children over age 5 must be restrained in a booster seat until age 8 or a height of 4'9". 
At TMC we are proud of our community partners who share our vision to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families. From 2006 through 2012, Kohl’s Cares® granted the TMC Foundation over $324,000 for booster seats for kids. Those monies are used exclusively for booster seats for the children of Southern Arizona…..that’s about 3,000 each year. Thank you Kohl's Cares®!
NEW! In 2012, Kohl's Cares® in partnership with TMC for Children offers Vest It Up! - a series of FREE swim lessons to 550 Tucson children betweeen the ages of 4-17. Begin the registration process now and call - (520) 324-5604 and visit our Kohl's Cares® Vest It Up site HERE.


Booster Seats Save Lives

Booster seats are recommended for children ages 5 through 8 weighing between 40-80 pounds. Boosters should always be used in the rear seat with lap and shoulder belts. 

Facts about booster seats:

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 5 through 8 years old. Many of these children are not properly restrained. 
  • For children 5 through 8 years old, belt-positioning booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to seat belts alone. However, most children in this age group are currently, and incorrectly, restrained by seat belts designed for adults. 
  • It is recommended that children between 40 and 80 pounds and up to 4 feet 9 inches tall should use a belt-positioning booster seat in the back seat of the car. 
  • When children are allowed to ride in seat belts, they can suffer serious internal injuries, slip out of the belt or be ejected from the vehicle during a crash. 
  • Booster seats allow children a comfortable ride while ensuring the adult seat belt fits appropriately across the child’s shoulder and thighs. 

Kids love booster seats because they move easily from vehicle to vehicle and they raise the child's viewing level.

Call today for an appointment and FREE booster seat through the Desert Kids Safety Program at TMC - (520) 324-5604

Recipes for a Healthy Family 

TMC HealthCare’s Recipes for a Healthy Family helps parents and their children lead healthy lives and have fun cooking. The cookbook promotes healthy food choices, at-home meal preparation and family dining. Parents and children learn important nutritional information about the food they are eating and helpful safety tips for preparing meals at home• Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 5 through 8 years old. Many of these children are not properly restrained.