National Child Safety Council (NCSC), is the oldest and largest 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt not-for-profit organization dedicated entirely to the safety of children in the U.S. However, over the years, NCSC has expanded its program to include adults and seniors.
In 1955, after learning that more children in the U.S. die by accidents than all the communicable diseases combined, Police Safety Service, as the Council was first known, was formed. By visiting police agencies and schools, ideas for mitigating this tragedy were explored. From this research, an effort to reduce the number of children dying from accidents through prevention education began. Police Safety Service, was soon changed to Child Safety Council and then later to National Child Safety Council (NCSC) as efforts expanded.
NCSC provides local law enforcement departments with the most comprehensive resource of safety education materials in the world. The Council's in-house Research and Development Department is the only one of its kind in the country. Experienced educators, artists, writers, and technicians create original materials designed for all age groups including: folders, placemats, color / activity sheets, books, games, stickers, and other educational tools. Efforts are made to compile and provide current and authoritative information that is educationally correct, age appropriate, and appealing to children, teens, adults, and seniors alike.
A Law Enforcement partner since 1955, NCSC is the only child safety organization with a network of safety coordinators working to support public safety agencies nationwide in their safety education efforts. These materials are distributed through community programs & events and schools.
The Council has also created an efficient inventory, warehouse, and shipping system to deliver the high quality and timely service required by individual law enforcement departments. The 45,000 square foot National Headquarters, located in Jackson, Michigan is where this process takes place. Our building houses offices, a mailroom & shipping department, a copy layout department, a printing department, direct mail, archives, and research & development department.
Our staff takes pride in assuring that local law enforcement departments across the nation have their programs processed in a timely manner.
The Council leads the industry, by providing hundreds of public safety organizations across the U.S. with millions of pieces of safety material annually. Many of NCSC's materials feature our child-friendly and non-threatening mascot, Safetypup®. Although NCSC safety educational materials are used nationwide, NCSC is perhaps best known for the Missing Children Milk Carton Program it initiated and coordinated in the 1980s and 1990s. This program created unparalleled awareness of the child abduction issue worldwide.