Child Passenger Safety

Car Seat Distribution and Child and Restraint System (C.A.R.S.)

Sherburne County Public Health wants to ensure that all children are traveling safely in vehicles.

9 Out of 10 Car Seats Are Used Incorrectly

Child Passenger Safety Specialists can answer questions regarding car seats through Child Care and Foster Care Provider Training, and Car Seat Distribution Classes.

Car Seat Distribution  

Reduced-Cost Car Seats

  • Are you expecting a baby?
  • Is your infant growing out of the infant carrier seat?
  • Is your toddler growing out of the convertible seat?
  • Does your 4 to 8 year need a booster seat?

Attend a 60 minute session to receive a new child safety seat and receive instruction on proper use and installation. For qualifications for a car seat distribution class, please read through the eligibility guidelines below and call  (763) 765-4111 to schedule an appointment or with any questions. 

Eligibility Requirements

Income eligible families who are residents of Sherburne County can receive car seats for a $20 suggested donation. Call to find out income guidelines (Sherburne County children who are on WIC or children on Medical Assistance or Medica PMAP program are automatically eligible; Non-resident children with a Minnesota PMAP medical assistance program (Blue Plus, Healthpartners, and UCare) are eligible).

Child & Restraint System (C.A.R.S) Training

During the 2005 Special Legislative Session, legislators passed a law requiring all family and group child care, child care centers, child foster care, and other programs licensed by the Department of Human Services that serve a child or children under eight years of age must document training on child passenger restraint systems. Before a license holder, staff person, caregiver, or helper transports a child or children under the age of eight in a motor vehicle, the person transporting the child must satisfactorily complete training on the proper use and installation of child restraint systems in motor vehicles.

Training must be completed at orientation or initial training, and repeated every five years.

Sherburne County Public Health Child Passenger Safety Technicians are certified and approved by the Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety, to provide training.

2023 C.A.R.S. Training Schedule 

Contact Kris S (763) 765-4111 or email to register, inquire about class, or if class is full, ask to be put on waitlist. The class provided is $25 per participant. (Starting 2024, Child and Restraint System (C.A.R.S.) will increase to $30 per participant). 

We require enrollment within Develop database. Develop is free, and is State of Minnesota website where we complete your participation of the C.A.R.S. class. This will be important for your records to provide to your licensor: ** 

Nov. 8, 2023Weds.6-9pmMaple
Dec. 19, 2023Tues.9am-12pmMaple
Jan. 18, 2024Thurs.9am-12pmMaple
Feb. 27, 2024Tues.6-9pmMaple
Apr. 11, 2024Thurs.1-4pmMaple
May 22, 2024Weds.1-4pmMaple
July 9, 2024Tues.6-9pmMaple
Aug. 20, 2024Tues.9am-12pmMaple
Oct. 3, 2024Thurs.1-4pmMaple
Nov. 13, 2024Weds.6-9pmMaple
Dec. 18, 2024Weds.9am-12pmMaple

To Register for one of the classes listed: C.A.R.S Registration for the Child and Restraint System Training. 

To enroll in Develop Database: