WHO IS BUCKLEBEAR?
BUCKLEBEAR has served in every state,
in thousands of communities, nationwide.
Many BUCKLEBEAR programs have been formally
evaluated and these studies prove this
bear's concept to be effective in improving
safety habits of children and their
families. The happiest part of these
presentations, in any form, is that
the materials are simple to use with
no need for complicated in-service training.
BUCKLEBEAR comes in many shapes and sizes!
is used in community programs. The
BUCKLEBEAR Lap Puppet
is easily presented to audiences of any size and comes with scripts and audio tapes.
supplements curricula and classroom activities.
makes a meaningful give-away bringing a message to young children.
in 1982, Bucklebear was invited to add a friendly, non-threatening,
child-like component to a study developed by Dr. Albert
Chang, M.D., MPH and his team at UCLA School of Public
Health, through a grant from NHTSA. This study discovered
that preschool children can be motivated to take some
responsibility for their own passenger safety, and BUCKLEBEAR
quickly became a beloved image.
After the study, a grant to Dr. Chang from AAP allowed him to purchase 15 BUCKLEBEAR kits which were distributed to resource centers in California. Then, the Bank of America PACE committee sponsored BUCKLEBEAR kits to the LAACPSA, now SafetyBeltSafeUSA, and BUCKLEBEAR was on his way. The bear never looked back and one creative thing led to another...until today, Weiner/Seaman Productions holds over 60 intellectual properties plus U.S. trademarks on child safety materials for BUCKLEBEAR and friends.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS BUCKLEBEAR?|
Used by educator/advocates, health and safety agencies, police, EMS, courts, civic organizations, 4-H, Extension Services, individual volunteers, and more, BUCKLEBEAR continues to educate children, parent/caregivers and families. Expanding from passenger safety, BUCKLEBEAR now has materials addressing pedestrian, cycling and environmental issues.
Here are five significant examples of BUCKLEBEAR
programs that have been given around the country:
The City of Glendale, California, in cooperation with
the Mayor, the City Council, school system, librarians,
and the Police Department implemented a BUCKLEBEAR passenger
safety program the result of which brought NHTSA honors
to the Glendale Police Department.
Many states began supplying BUCKLEBEAR materials to innovative volunteers. Connecticut's Office of State Police recruited women's clubs, parents and seniors in every township to create the components offered in the BUCKLEBEAR teaching kit and then presented BUCKLEBEAR to preschools. This program was long lasting and effective.
The Dept. of Transportation in Missouri provided schools, statewide, with 1700 BUCKLEBEAR audiovisual kits and 200,000 customized Good Passenger Books.
The Dept. of Rehabilitation and Health Services in Florida supplied BUCKLEBEAR teachers' kits to every licensed preschool in the state (5000), and set up BUCKLEBEAR lap puppets in many resource centers so teachers could access the lovable bear for their safety presentations. The positive results of the Florida study is on record in our office. (A synopsis can be seen in the "Heroes" section of this web site.)
A pilot program by the United States Marine Corps showed a 12.4-percent increase in seat belt use in their three-week test and a 20-percent increase in their six-week test. BUCKLEBEAR materials have been approved for implementation at all USMC locations.
Commendations & Accolades!|
On behalf of the 27 Orange County Head Start preschool programs in the Central Florida area, I would like to applaud your dedicated efforts in providing BUCKLEBEAR buckle up safety activities for the 1,356 Head Start preschool children enrolled in Orange County. As we prepare to enter the third year of our Florida Department of Transportation grant project partnership targeting Head Start children and parents, we recognize BUCKLEBEAR's unique appeal to our young audience of preschoolers and their teachers.
For the past two years, our agency has provided a Children in Traffic workshop to display the variety of preschool safety materials available. BUCKLEBEAR Gets Ready To Go curriculum kit was one of the most requested repeat items when I spoke last month at the in-service teacher training. The Head Start teachers remarked that this curriculum kit was easily implemented into their Head Start classroom learning objectives.
Again, thank you for your dedication in educating young passengers and their parents on the best way to stay safe on our busy roadways.
Sheriff of Orange County, Florida
Our Headstart curriculum is HIGH SCOPE. This curriculum works very well with ours. My teachers will be able to utilize the materials during Circle Time, Story Time, Outside Play. The activities themselves will be put into the work areas for children to do during their Work Time.
The High Scope Curriculum is based on skills that are called Key Experiences. The BUCKLEBEAR activities utilize several of these skills. Some of them are: Music and Movement, Language, Numbers, Classification, Creative Representation and Social/Emotional. Since the teachers assess the children using these tools, the BUCKLEBEAR curriculum will be a big help in evaluating whether the skill has been met or not.
The parent participation part of it is also an important part of our program. This will be another way we can get our parents involved.
Donna Della Rocco
Head Start Center Manager, Florida
(As always, all our materials are protected by copyrights and trademarks.)
Bucklebear thanks all his loyal friends for their support in the past, and looks forward to once again serving the safety needs of kids and families everywhere.