Child Care Providers

The Importance of a Safe Environment

More and more women today are entering the workforce. Because of this, more infants and children are entrusted to child care providers and care givers. The decision of parents to place their child with a particular provider or care giver is a very important one. All parents want their children to be in a safe environment.

Research suggests that 20% of SIDS deaths throughout the country occur in daycare settings (Moon, Patel and Shaefer, 2000). Therefore, all child care providers including grandparents and other care givers need to be informed about safe sleep guidelines and encouraged to adopt and practice them.

Safe Sleep in the Child Care Setting

The following link will guide you to important information regarding safe sleep in the child care setting. This resource is a compilation of 27 nationally recognized health and safety standards on safe sleep and reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/suffocation in child care and early education settings from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition, 2011 (CFOC3).

From the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Childcare and Early Education
Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs
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Safe Sleep for Your Grandbaby
Safe to Sleep Campaign, NIH expands safe infant sleep outreach effort
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, National Institute of child Health & Human Development
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A Child Care Providers Guide to Safe Sleep

"Safe to Sleep" Public Education Campaign

Healthy Child Care America

American Academy of Pediatrics