Story last updated at 8/29/2012 - 12:45 pm
The Alaska Community Foundation has partnered with Thread to launch the Alaska Crib Swap as part of Thread's "Safe Sleep for Alaska's Babies" campaign. The Alaska Crib Swap is a fundraising program to replace existing cribs in licensed child care homes and centers across Alaska with new cribs that meet federal safety standards. All donations will be matched by ACF dollar for dollar.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has previously warned parents and child care centers alike to the dangers of drop-side cribs. From 2005 to 2010, the commission announced 11 recalls involving more than 7 million drop-side cribs due to suffocation and strangulation hazards created by the drop side. As a result, new federal standards on crib safety are taking effect, now requiring all child care centers and programs to replace old cribs with new, safer ones. Child care facilities across the state have a Dec. 28, 2012 deadline to replace existing unsafe cribs. In Alaska, more than 4,000 infants and toddlers are placed in cribs at child care centers or programs and hundreds of these programs still use drop-side cribs. The Alaska Community Foundation hopes to raise the funds necessary to help these communities meet the new safety standards.
Thread, through the "Safe Sleep for Alaska's Babies" campaign, will provide information and training for early educators and make available the applications for licensed child care programs to receive the new cribs. ACF is currently collecting donations and the campaign will run through the end of the year. More information on the Alaska Crib Swap can be found on the ACF website at www.alaskacf.org or by calling ACF at (907) 334-6700. Donations received to the Alaska Crib Swap Fund will help to ensure that Alaska's babies are sleeping safely. Application information for child care programs is available at http://Threadalaska.org/index.cfm/Early-Educators/Support-and-Funding/186. Learn more about crib safety and new federal safety standards at www.CPSC.gov/cribs.