ESC Region 19 Head Start Bus Driver, Hector Franco is a recent graduate of the National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Certification Training Program and is now a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
Franco participated in a 3-day certification course sponsored by the University Medical Center. The course is required to become a Child Passenger Technician. Technicians must continue training throughout the year to keep their certification current.
Region 19 Head Start bus drivers and transportation administrators who receive the CPS certification are able to instruct other drivers and assist Head Start parents with seat safety and installation.
Transportation staff receives regularly updated training, and 20 additional hours of annual training above the minimum requirement. Bus drivers also receive an additional eight hours if their state certification expires within the school year.
Having drivers certified as a Child Passenger Technician assures parents that the safety of their child is paramount, bus drivers are well trained, and car seats on buses are properly installed.
Safe Kids is the certifying body for the National Child Passenger Safety Training Program. It administers all aspects of CPS certification and maintains a directory of nationally certified CPS technicians and instructors.