November 18, 2016
This week, Allies for Children presented on how to partner for positive crossing guard policies before a national audience NLC’s City Summit. More than 3,500 city leaders converged in Pittsburgh as part of the National League of Cities Conference.
Allies for Children, the City of Pittsburgh and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s presenters on how a private-public partnership of multiple organizations resulted in a comprehensive study about the utilization of City of Pittsburgh crossing guards and the creation of a working group to implement the report’s recommendations.
Why is this an important conversation to have with decision-makers from across the country? Crossing guards provide students with more than a hand to hold when crossing the street or a smiling face when heading to school. They also impact attendance. Route safety is directly linked to children getting to and from school and out-of-school programs. In addition, crossing guards often serve as mentors. But how exactly does the City of Pittsburgh utilize crossing guards and identify system improvements? That’s what a recent study found out and through a strong collaboration substantial outcomes around the deployment of crossing guards, professional development opportunities, equipment provided and more came to fruition.
Click here to read more about the Crossing Guards Study.