Safe Sleep Information for Child Care Providers

This page features resources to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and support best practice in the development of safe sleep program standards and policies. 

This page from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information for parents and caregivers, including information on creating safe sleep areas for babies.  It also includes additional recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS; a CDC safe sleep video; safe sleep resources; and grief resources.

  • Safe Sleep Environment: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission           
    • On Dec 28, 2010, the Commission issued new mandatory standards for full-size and non-full-size baby cribs as mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The federal crib standards had not been updated in nearly 30 years. These new rules ushered in a safer generation of cribs.

On this page, the National Institute for Children's Health Quality provides a safe sleep handout and infographic for child care providers.

The Children's Safety Network provides safe sleep information and resources.

This webinar was facilitated by the National Center on Early Childhood and Wellness (now the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety) and focuses on strategies to support safe sleep environments.  Dr. Rachel Moon, an expert on SIDS, presents the updated 2016 AAP task force recommendations that relate to safe sleep practices in early childhood education programs. Child care health consultants can explore this webinar to learn current practices to support safe sleep environments. Learn about the research behind the recommendations and tips for sleep wear, sleeping areas, and sitting devices.

These resources were originally developed by the National Center on Health Behavioral Health, and Safety for home visitors. However, providers can use these as well.

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics published the 5th edition of Model Child Care Health Policies in October 2013. This is a practical tool for adoption and implementation of best practices for health and safety in group care settings for young children. Providers can use the version with form fields to write their safe sleep program policies. Please note that users must ensure their policies align with AAP's 2016 Safe Sleep Policy Statement until this resource is updated.


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