Foundation partners to launch the Alaska Crib Swap
To launch the Alaska Crib Swap, Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) has partnered with thread 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 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 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.
“It costs real time and money for child care programs to replace this many unsafe cribs, and frankly, new cribs are often not even directly available in our rural communities,” said Candace Winkler, president and CEO of ACF. “We’re trying to help these communities comply with federal regulations and, more importantly, provide a safe place for Alaska’s babies to sleep.” The foundation’s main focus with the Alaska Crib Swap is to help thread raise funds for the new cribs.
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. “What could be more important than creating safe sleep environments for Alaska’s babies?” asked Stephanie Berglund, thread’s CEO. “By replacing a crib for a crib in each child care program, we are hoping to support safe sleep for over 4,000 infants and toddlers who are cared for in licensed child care programs throughout the state.”
ACF is currently collecting donations and the campaign will run through the end of the year.
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 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.
Established in 1995, The Alaska Community Foundation has become a statewide platform for philanthropy. The foundation currently holds over $55 million for the benefit of Alaskans, granting approximately $5 million each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. ACF is comprised of more than 280 funds and endowments, including five affiliate community funds, the Alaska Children’s Trust, and many others.
ACF’s mission is to grow philanthropy and connect people who care with causes that matter. ACF helps individuals, organizations and communities create funds, that – like the Alaska Permanent Fund – provide financial resources to improve the quality of life in Alaska now and forever.
thread is Alaska’s statewide Child Care Resource and Referral network, with hub offices in Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks. thread annually serves over 7,000 families with child care resources and referrals, helps train almost 3,000 early educators and works with hundreds of child care programs to improve quality. thread’s mission is to advance the quality of early education and child development by empowering parents, educating child care professionals and collaborating with our communities.