Delaware County Cribs for Kids
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants one month to one year old, and claims the lives of 2,500 U.S. infants each year. While the causes of SIDS are not fully understood, experts do know that certain conditions - such as bed-sharing and co-sleeping - present in an infant’s sleeping environment can lead to an increased risk of SIDS.
Cribs for Kids, a national program established in 1998 in Pittsburgh, Pa., provides underserved families with education, awareness and cribs to curtail infant deaths and injury resulting from an infant’s sleeping environment. Crozer-Keystone Health System partners with the national Cribs for Kids program to serve those in need in Delaware County.
How to Enroll in the Cribs for Kids Program in Delaware County
The program asks those in need of a crib to contact their school, church, social or human service agency to complete a referral form. The referring agency will submit the completed referral to the Delaware County Cribs for Kids program. The referral is reviewed to determine eligibility by the local chapter. Referrals must be sent by an organization. Referrals sent by individuals or families will not be considered for participation in the Cribs for Kids program.
Once a family is approved, they need to come to Crozer-Keystone's Women's and Children's Health Services office in Chester and participate in a health education program prior to receiving the crib. Among the things discussed are:
- Safe sleep practices
- The dangers of cigarette smoking
- How to correctly set-up, take-down and use the crib
Families are welcome to call the Cribs for Kids coordinator several weeks after attending the educational session with any concerns that may have come up.
For Referring Agencies:
Download and print the Cribs for Kids Referral Form
Download and print the CKHS Program Guidelines for Referring Agencies
Graco Crib Offered
The crib offered by the program is a Graco portable crib.
It has a bassinet insert and is good for infants up to 30 pounds. The crib is compact, easy to use and can fit well in most people's homes.
View an example of the cribs here.
Please call (610) 497-7344 for more information.