Safe, Simple, Sleep

October 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm





Safe, Simple, Sleep Campaign Launches Statewide

Parents and Child Care Providers to Learn New Crib, Sleep Standards

 Babies haven’t changed but the way we put them to sleep has. That is the message to parents, grandparents and child care providers as the Child Care Resource and Referral System in Illinois launches the Safe, Simple, Sleep campaign to educate everyone who cares for children about the latest crib safety standards and safe sleep practices.

Safe, Simple, Sleep means:

Safe: A safe crib with no moving parts.
Simple: A simple sleep space. No bumpers. No blankets. No stuffed toys.
Sleep: Children should sleep on their backs.

October has been by proclaimed “Safe Sleep Month” by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and is also SIDS Awareness Month nationwide. According to SIDS of Illinois, Inc., more than 1,800 babies in the United States will lose their lives to SIDS this year. When you factor in other causes of sudden unexplained infant death, the number is even higher. However, back-sleeping initiatives since 1993 have resulted in a 60 percent reduction in infant deaths from SIDS in Illinois.

The Safe, Simple, Sleep campaign demonstrates the critically-important work of each of the 16 agencies in the Child Care Resource and Referral System as they collaborate to spread the word about the latest crib safety standards and guidelines.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 11 million cribs — as well as many bassinets and play yards — have been recalled since 2007. In accordance with new crib standards and guidelines, the state of Illinois has utilized funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide nearly 900 newly-compliant cribs to more than 550 child care programs across the state.

“We’re very pleased to have been able to use federal ARRA funds to help child care providers purchase new cribs,” said Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler. “The new cribs helped bring providers into compliance with the new regulations and ensure that children in child care settings sleep safely.”

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) also supports the pillars of the Safe, Simple, Sleep campaign. “We know that the safest place for an infant to sleep is on his or her back, alone in a crib free of blankets, pillows and other items,” said DCFS Director Richard H. Calica. “Too many young lives are lost due to unsafe sleeping conditions, and we must all do our part to prevent these tragedies.”

Locally, John A Logan is partnering with hospitals, parenting organizations and groups to share this important message with families. For more information on the Safe, Simple, Sleep campaign, please contact CCR&R at John A Logan College or visit

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CCR&R, John A. Logan College is offering an Online/Webinar Option for the Quality Counts Child Care Grant Info Session this year! CCR&R to Close Today ( 10-30-2012) at 11:30


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