Pace Provides Infant Survival Kits through the Safe Sleep Educational Initiative
Pace has partnered with the IN Dept. of Child Services Safe Sleep Education Initiative to offer safe sleep training and a portable crib for families in need. The most recent information from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 600 babies die each year from sleep-related suffocation—that’s an average of about 2 children each day. Pace wants to keep this heart-breaking number from rising.
As part of the program, we will provide a number of educational materials that will help caregivers learn more about safe sleep, prenatal care, and smoking cessation. Our educational messages around safe sleep focus on key risk reduction recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Institutes of Health.
“By committing to be a distribution site for the Safe Sleep Education Initiative, we are providing parents with an additional resource to obtain the equipment they need to provide a safe sleep area for their baby,” said Tanya Bezy, Program Coordinator.
Parents and child caregivers are encouraged to remember their ABCs when it comes to a safe sleep environment for their babies: Alone on the Back in a Crib. Injury prevention professionals point out that stores often decorate cribs and bassinets with bumper pads, blankets and stuffed animals, so parents might not know that these items are dangerous for babies. In addition, parents may want to snuggle with their babies on a couch or bed, but these are not safe places for babies to sleep.
For more information about how you can receive an Infant Survival Kit through the Safe Sleep Education Initiative or any of the services provided by Pace, call us at (812) 882-7927. Detailed information is located on our website at www.pacecaa.org.
Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. is a private not for-profit Community Action Agency established to provide support services to improve the community and encourage self-reliance. Services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran.
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