UPDATE! Safe Sleeping for Alaska's Babies Campaign
2,000 infants and toddlers in over 200 child care programs now have a safer sleep environment thanks to:
Safe Sleeping for Alaska's Babies: Questions and Application
Please see below for the latest updates on crib products and delivery times!
CRIBS WILL ARRIVE IN COMMUNITIES OUTSIDE OF ANCHORAGE BY THE END OF DECEMBER!
thread is partnering with Alaska Airlines and Span Alaska Transportation to deliver crib orders to communities throughout Alaska. A contact in each community has been identified as a delivery contact and/or pick-up person to meet crib deliveries at airport locations.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for delivery location and pick-up details.
CRIBS STILL BEING DELIVERED IN ANCHORAGE
thread is partnering with Lowe's to offer free crib delivery to locations in Anchorage and Eagle River. Please be ready to respond to a Lowe's representative to confirm your delivery date and time.
For all other locations, contact email@example.com for delivery location and pick-up details.
thread's Safe Sleeping for Alaska's Babies campaign, launched this summer, has a goal to replace a crib for a crib in Chid Care programs throughout Alaska. In part, this is due to new U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards for cribs, which were adopted in June, 2011 to better ensure infant safety, prevent injury and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. Along with new and safer cribs, parents and child care providers can follow the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Safe to Sleep recommendations (see below).
What Does a Safe Sleep Environment Look Like?
How to I sign up to receive crib(s)?
2. Register and complete four hours of Safe Sleep Training through thread. Please visit thread’s training calendar
3. Develop your own Safe Sleep Policies
4. Participate in a Safe Sleep self-assessment
Once you have completed the requirements listed above, thread will provide you a certificate to use during crib pick-up or delivery .thread will work with early educators and Child Care programs on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information and questions, please contact Mike Dabrieo at the Anchorage thread office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do I need to replace the crib(s) in my child care program
As a licensed or approved child care program in Alaska, you are required to use cribs meeting new U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards and Federal Child Care Regulation requirements, by December 28, 2012. As a result of infant death and injuries due to cribs, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to adopt new standards for cribs to ensure safe sleeping for babies. The new rules, which apply to full-size and non full-size cribs, prohibit the manufacture or sale of traditional drop-side rail cribs, strengthen crib slats and mattress supports, improve the quality of hardware and require more rigorous testing.
The new federal standards apply to cribs currently in use at child care centers and places of public accommodation. By December 28, 2012, these facilities must only use compliant cribs that meet the new federal safety standards.
Do these standards only apply to drop-side rail cribs?
No. These are sweeping new safety rules that will help encourage safe sleeping practices and products. The CPSC’s standards address many safety factors in addition to the drop-side rail. The new rules, which apply to full-size and non full-size cribs, prohibit the manufacture or sale of traditional drop-side rail cribs, strengthen crib slats and mattress supports, improve the quality of hardware and require more rigorous testing.
What if I only use play-yards or pack n plays?
The crib standards DO COVER portable cribs, but not play yards. The CPSC is developing a separate mandatory federal standard for play yards. thread is raising support to purchase cribs that meet the federal standards and are also new, quality products for your program.
Who can receive a crib and how do I apply?
thread is building partnerships and funding to replace a crib for a crib for eligible child care programs throughout the state. To participate, any licensed or approved child care program, including Family Child Care, must complete a thread application and four hours of Safe Sleep Training. This training will qualify for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome / Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Do I have to complete the training if I have already met my training requirements?
Yes. Every early educator must still complete the entire four hours of Safe-Sleep training to be eligible to receive crib(s).
Is the required training free or is there a fee?
Normal thread training fees apply to the Safe Sleep training offered as part of the Safe Sleeping for Alaska's Babies campaign. This training will qualify for your Sudden Infant Death Syndrome / Shaken Baby Syndrome (SIDS/SBS) licensing requirement. Remember, if you have already met your training requirements, you must still complete the entire four hours of Safe Sleeping training to be eligible to receive crib(s).
When will the cribs arrive and how will I actually receive my crib(s)?
thread is working with our vendors and shipping partners to have cribs available in Anchorage before the December 28th deadline. For Anchorage area child care programs, free delivery of cribs may be available. For early educators working in communities outside of Anchorage, thread is identifying delivery dates and locations for crib pick up. For more information, please contact Mike Dabreio at email@example.com or your local thread office for more information.
What if I receive broken products when my crib is delivered?
thread is partnering with Foundations Quality Children's Products, Lowe's, Span Alaska Transportation and Alaska Airlines to safely and efficiently ship and deliver 0ver 900 cribs and crib products to locations throughout Alaska. If you find any broken parts or products after receiving your crib order, please follow the manufacturer's directions and contact Foundation's Quality Children's Products with questions and concerns.
What do I do with my old cribs?
If you receive a crib from thread as part of the Safe Sleeping for Alaska’s Babies Campaign, you will be required to remove and destroy any old cribs. The CPSC discourages the selling or give away of cribs that do not meet the new crib standards. If you are interested in learning about how to re-purpose or re-use a certain portion of your crib, please visit USA Baby Blog and Big Kids Too!
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