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:
  • State of Alaska
  • The Alaska Community Foundation
  • Alaska Children's Trust
  • Mat-Su Health Foundation
  • Providence Medical Center
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines Cargo
  • Cradles, Cribs and Things
  • Foundations of Quality Children’s Products
  • Horizon Lines
  • Municipality of Anchorage
  • Kenai Peninsula Foundation
  • Petersburg Community Foundation
  • Span Alaska Transportation
  • The Pebble Fund
  • individual volunteers!
With their help, thread purchased and distributed 923 new cribs—meeting current federal safety standards—to over 200 licensed child care centers and family child care homes in 20 communities throughout Alaska. thread also provided Safe Sleep training to more than 300 early educators statewide.  
 
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Safe Sleeping for Alaska's Babies: Questions and Application

thread's Safe Sleeping for Alaska's Babies campaign replaced 900 cribs in Child Care programs throughout Alaska. The new cribs met 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 safe 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?

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet. Do not use pillows, blankets, sheepskins or crib bumpers anywhere in your baby's sleep area.
  • Keep soft objects, toys and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area.
  • Do not smoke or let anyone smoke around your baby.
  • Make sure nothing covers your baby's head while sleeping, like a blanket or sheet.
  • Baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or anyone else.

 

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  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards and Federal Child Care Regulation requirements.  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 in 2011. 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 were expected to use compliant cribs that met the new federal safety standards.

Do these standards only apply to drop-side rail cribs?

No. 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 covered portable cribs, but not play yards. The CPSC is developing a separate mandatory federal standard for play yards.

Who can receive a crib and how do I apply?

thread built community partnerships and funding to replace "crib for crib" for eligible child care programs throughout the state.

A limited number of cribs are still available in select locations. 

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.

How to I sign up to receive crib(s)?

1. Complete and submit thread's crib application or fax 907.265.3191

2. Register and complete four hours of Safe Sleep Training through thread. Please visit thread’s training calendar for upcoming training dates and times in your community. Distance learning opportunities are coming soon!

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.

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).

What if I receive broken products when my crib is delivered?

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!

Important links

 


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New Crib Standards
New Crib Standards Beginning 2012


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NEW! Revised crib application
NEW and revised crib application.


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New, Safe Cribs Arriving in Alaska
Press Release November 2012


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Safe Sleeping for Alaska's Babies
Press Release October 2012


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NEw Cribs
Press Release July 2012

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