EBC Helps Protect the Kids…
Often families who struggle economically can’t access or afford essential equipment needed to keep children physically safe. And getting the gear is only part of the challenge. Families also need to be able to access up to date information on the proper use of safety gear and overall safety measures. Along with food, water, and shelter, safety is a basic need: children need to have their growing bodies and developing minds protected. Click here to view our video on helping to keep kids sleep safely.
EBC has an almost 30 year history of providing health and safety gear that give families access to new and used safety certified equipment. Established systems for inspecting equipment are in place and protocols ensure all gear is age and type appropriate.
Helping new parents understand urgency of safe sleep environments is critical to child wellbeing. EBC is partnering with Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation / Safe Sleep for Washington Babies and Cribs for Kids to provide current safe sleep education materials to families and ensure products distributed to families meet national safety standards.
The Protect the Kids (PTK) program equips kids with safety gear and supplies, and educates agency partner providers on how to use the gear. We prepare providers to help families learn about safe sleep, car seat use and household and outdoor safety equipment.
Protect the Kids is…
Provide: the information about safety equipment and gear
Resource: the actual protective gear babies and children need to be safe
Opportunity: EBC professional share best practices with other professionals
Train: help providers become trained on how to use the gear
Empower: parents and other caregivers to ensure the safety and well-being of their children
Community: from EBC to providers to families – creating a long term approach to health & safety
Today and tomorrow
…helping kids reach their full potential tomorrow with what we provide today
Meet Our Founder – Karen Ridlon
Twenty-five years ago, Karen Ridlon founded Eastside Baby Corner (EBC). A certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (University of California, San Francisco, 1972), Karen worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in California and Washington, working in well child care, newborn care and newborn ICU support for a number of medical groups and doctors. In 1990, Karen founded Eastside Baby Corner to fill an unmet need of parents of newborns who lacked basic supplies for their children.
She is Executive Director Emeritus and a lifetime member of the EBC Board of Directors. Karen has been recognized for her efforts with many volunteer awards, including receiving the Leadership Eastside LENi Community Choice Leadership Award in 2013, Distinguished Member Award for the Washington State Chapter of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) in 2013, Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple Award (2009), and chosen as a UCSF Distinguished Alumni. Karen was a key player in the development of the Issaquah Community Center and has been a tireless contributor to many volunteer efforts over the years including scouting, the public schools, and her church. Karen is the mother of three children and a proud resident of Issaquah, where she lives with her husband.Meet Our Board of Directors and Leadership