News You Can Use: The Culture of Sleep and Child Care

Teachers have a role in providing a sleep environment that is comfortable and safe for the children in their care, while honoring families’ cultural beliefs. Teachers and home visitors will find the following information on sleep useful, as they can be a valuable resource to families in creating safe sleeping arrangements for their babies.

Strategies to Support Safe Sleep Environments in Early Childhood Education Programs

Dr. Rachel Moon, an expert on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), presents the updated 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force recommendations that relate to safe sleep practices in early childhood education (ECE) programs. CCHC can explore this webinar to learn current practices to support safe sleep environments. Learn about the research behind the recommendations, tips for sleep wear, sleeping areas, sitting devices, and more. 

What's Sleep Got to Do with It? Exploring Sleep and Wellness for Infants and Toddlers

View this webinar, developed as part of the Little Voices for Healthy Choices Initiative, to find out about the importance of sleep for infants and very young children. Learn how children’s sleep can have an impact on their families, caregivers, and communities. Dr. Barry Marx, a pediatrician and sleep expert, shares his knowledge. The webinar also includes the Teaching Artists from Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.

Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS Risk Reduction

All staff, parents/guardians, volunteers, and others who care for infants in the early care and education setting should follow safe sleep practices as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Cribs must be in compliance with current U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and ASTM International safety standards. See Standard 5.4.5.2 for more information.