The Alaska Crib Swap
Let's make sure Alaska's babies are sleeping safely
Every day, over 4000 infants and toddlers go to sleep in child care programs across Alaska, but are the cribs they sleep in safe? In most cases, the answer is no. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has previously warned parents and child care centers alike as to the dangers of drop-side cribs. In the past 9 years, CPSC reports 32 child fatalities as a result of these cribs. “In the last five years, CPSC has announced 11 recalls involving more than 7 million drop-side cribs due to suffocation and strangulation hazards created by the drop side. CPSC staff is actively investigating several other crib manufacturers for potential drop-side hazards as part of a larger effort by the agency to rid the marketplace and homes of unsafe cribs. CPSC will continue to take aggressive action to address any risks and will keep the public informed.” CPSC
As a result, new federal standards on crib safety are taking effect at the end of 2012 requiring all child care centers and programs to replace these old cribs with new, safe cribs.
In Alaska, there are hundreds of child care programs currently using drop side cribs. Replacement cribs cost these facilities time and money and in many rural communities are not even directly available. The Alaska Community Foundation is partnering with thread to replace existing cribs in licensed child care homes and centers across Alaska with new cribs that meet the required safety standards.
In order to accomplish this goal, we need your help. Join The Alaska Crib Swap by making a donation in any amount and we will match your gift dollar for dollar. Your donations will help ensure that Alaska’s babies sleep safely tonight.
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Donate by Mail
Donate by mail by sending a check payable to The Alaska Community Foundation. Write the name of the fund in the memo line and please mail it to:
The Alaska Community Foundation
400 L Street, Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99501
Donate by Phone
Donate by phone by simply calling 907.334.6700.